The Diocese of Des Moines
Bishop urges peace, dialogue and reconciliation in Egypt
August 28, 2013
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Bishop Richard Pates paraphrased Pope Francis in urging "peace, dialogue and reconcilation" in Egypt. "To that end, we urge the United States to work with the inteernational community to support efforts by Egyptians to strengthen public order and the rule of law and to build an inclusive democracy respectful of human rights and religious freedom." Of particular concern is the scapegoating of Christians, who have been blamed for the current unrest in the country. Bishop Pates called on the United States " to preserve and even increase humanitarian and economic assistance. Poor and vulnerable Egyptians shoudl not pay the price of the political turmoil and violence gripping their nation."

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