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Bishop Pates Welcomes Iran Nuclear Deal, Urges All Parties to Work to Build Confidence, Peace

November 27, 2013
WASHINGTON—The interim accord with Iran that would limit its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief “is greatly preferable to military action, which could have unpredictable and negative repercussions for the region,” said the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a November 27 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.

“We welcome this step and hope that this interim agreement will allow all parties to negotiate further, build mutual confidence and trust, and reach a final accord that enhances genuine peace in the region,” wrote Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa.

Bishop Pates commended Secretary Kerry for the work of all negotiating partners on “this crucial issue.” Full text of Bishop Pates’ letter is available online:
Keywords: Iran, Bishop Richard E. Pates, John Kerry, Secretary of State, Iran, nuclear, negotiations, USCCB, U.S. bishops, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Don Clemmer
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