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Religious dialogue a key to release of U.S. hikers

Religious dialogue a key to release of U.S. hikers

Diocese of Washington Bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Chane, engaged in religious dialogue with Iranian officials to help bring about the release of U.S. hikers:

U.S. hikers released in Iran; Washington bishop cites importance of

religious dialogue

From ENS – Episcopal News Service

The Sept. 21 release of U.S. hikers Shane

Bauer and Josh Fattal from an Iranian prison “affirms the importance

of the role of religious dialogue and its end product in this case,

public diplomacy, as we seek ways to define common ground between our

two countries,” said Diocese of Washington Bishop John Chane, who

returned from a weeklong visit to Iran on Sept. 19.

Chane and a delegation of Christian and Muslim leaders had traveled to

Iran at the invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; one

objective was to seek the release of the hikers on humanitarian


The delegation included Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick,

former leader of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Nihad Awad and

Larry Shaw, national executive director and board chairman

respectively of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).


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