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US bishops join Iranian Muslim leaders in call for end to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction

August 26, 2016

The Catholic bishops of the US have joined with Iranian Muslim leaders in a call for the abolition of weapons of mass destruction and an end to terrorist violence. 

"We regard the development and use of weapons of mass destruction and acts of terrorism as immoral," said the joint statement released this week. They asked national leaders to reject the acquisition of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and to rid themselves of any such weapons now in their arsenals.

Christianity and Islam alike "share a commitment to love and respect for the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community," the joint statement proclaimed. It continued: "We hold a common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect."


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  • Posted by: FredC - Aug. 27, 2016 3:39 PM ET USA

    Islam has no equivalent of a pope. Each imam is independent. Nobody speaks for Islam. Just because some imams agree with Catholic principles does not mean that Islam agrees.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Aug. 26, 2016 10:52 PM ET USA

    The cited article notes that Iran signed a Joint Comprehensive Plan of action with the U.S. and European nations, agreeing to restrict its development of nuclear weapons for a decade. Iran has already violated the terms of the agreement. What makes the U.S. bishops think that the Muslim leaders from Iran are sincere in their commitments to nuclear disarmament? "When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield, strike off their heads...." (Sura 47:4)