Bishop Richard Pates, in his role as chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, has been busy this week. He penned a letter to National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon about the recent kidnapping of the Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo. Their driver was murdered and the two archbishops were kidnapped while they were on a humanitarian mission to help Syrians fleeing for the border.
Bishop Pates also wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry about conflict in Mali. "Armed conflict is subsiding and the northern provinces are returning to Malian control, although violent attacks and banditry continue..." Bishop Pates wrote. He offers several suggested solutions.
You can read both letters here.