Last Monday Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic University of America co-sponsored a conference to explore religious freedom and human rights issues in the Holy Land. Catholic News Agency reports:
Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2013 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lasting peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East requires respect for human rights, including a vigorous freedom of religion, said Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington, D.C.
“The whole question of peace, the whole question of religious liberty, is so important,” the cardinal said on Sept. 9.
“If you don’t have human rights, if you don’t have freedom of religion, then you have a path to war and strife and instability,” he added.
Cardinal McCarrick delivered the opening address at a Washington, D.C., conference entitled “Religious Freedom and Human Rights: Path to Peace in the Holy Land — That All May Be Free.”