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Religious leaders welcome Kerry announcement on Middle East peace

Catholic World News - July 29, 2013

Thirty Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders in the US – including Bishop Richard Pates, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – have signed a letter welcoming Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent announcement of an agreement “that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”

“We support the President’s commitment to make Israeli-Palestinian peace a high priority of US policy,” stated the letter, released by the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East. “Recognizing, as you do, that the passage of time makes achieving a viable two-state solution increasingly difficult, we have voiced strong support for your determined initiative for peace.”

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