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US bishops release details of trip to Iran

May 16, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released details about the trip made to Iran in March by a six-person delegation, including three bishops.

“We had a productive religious and moral dialogue that we hope will promote understanding between the peoples of Iran and the United States,” said Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace.

Meeting with ayatollahs in Qom, the delegation discussed similarities between Christianity and Islam, according to a Catholic News Service report. Those involved in the discussion agreed that the use of nuclear weapons is immoral.

The bishops and the ayatollahs also discussed the US sanctions against Iran.

“It’s almost a given from the American perspective that the sanctions are working,” said Bishop Pates, who added the bishops also met with Iranian Christian leaders.


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  • Posted by: Defender - May. 20, 2014 2:40 AM ET USA

    "...discussed similarities between Christianity and Islam" - that should have been a short amount of time. How about Iran’s Lebanon-based Shiite proxy, Hezbollah, support of Assad's forces? I would suggest that the bishops spend less money and more time in their dioceses cleaning up things and speaking out against what the judges, legislators and administration are doing to our country and, most importantly, to Catholicism.