The Diocese of Des Moines
Bishop applauds two legislators for their work on religious liberty
February 21, 2013
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard Pates, in his role as chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace,  sent a letter Feb. 15 to U.S. Reps. Frank Wolf and Anna Eshoo thanking them for their sponsorship of HR 301, a bill to establish a special envoy to promote religious freedom of religious minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. "The bishops have long been concerned over the plight of religious minorities, particularly Christian communities in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Egypt, India and Pakistan, many of whom have lived for centuries side by side with those of other faiths, but now find themselves coming under increased attack and harassment," he wrote. Bishop Pates concluded: "The Catholic Church views protection of religious freedom as a 'cornerstone of the structure of human rights' since it is rooted in the dignity of the human person."


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