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Cardinal Dolan Says Events In Libya, Egypt Show Urgent Need For Respect For All Religions Print E-mail

WASHINGTON—September 12, 2012 —Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), reacted to the September 11 death of U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens and members of the embassy staff.   "Yesterday's events in Libya and Egypt point to what is at stake. We need to be respectful of other religious traditions at the same time that we unequivocally proclaim that violence in the name of religion is wrong," said Cardinal Dolan.   Cardinal Dolan prayed especially for the diplomatic community and their sensitive work toward world peace. Cardinal Dolan was slated to address the overall question of religious liberty as part of his opening address of the symposium International Religious Freedom: An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good, co-sponsored by USCCB, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and CUA's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.   The full text of Cardinal Dolan's address, other addresses, speaker bios and video of that event will be available at: http://iprcua.com/2012/09/12/international-religious-liberty/. . .

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs expressed the bishops’ prayerful solidarity with the Sikh community in the United States following the August 5 shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

“In this time of grief, we Catholics mourn with our Sikh brothers and sisters,” said Bishop Denis Madden, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore. “We share a warm and fruitful friendship, as well as a love of God and a belief in the community of all people, making yesterday’s tragedy all the more painful and difficult to comprehend."