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USCCB, Southern Baptist officials call for new religious-freedom envoy post

March 05, 2014

The chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission have asked two senators to permit a vote on a bill that would create and fund a new religious-freedom envoy position.

The new envoy would be called the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.

“We believe that a Special Envoy is needed to focus on the dire situation affecting religious minorities, especially Christians who are the group most targeted for harassment and attacks in the largest number of countries,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines and Russell Moore said in their joint letter.


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