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
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).