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Obama Urged to Create Envoy for Religious Minorities After Papal Meeting

by CNA/EWTN NEWS  |  published on April 4, 2014


WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has called on President Barack Obama to follow up on his meeting with Pope Francis by backing the creation of a special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

“I urge you to put your words into action, lest inaction be perceived as indifference,” Wolf wrote in a March 27 letter to Obama.

“The scope of religious persecution around the world, but especially in the Middle East, is gravely concerning and ought to alarm any person of conscience.”

While the congressman said he did not think a special envoy would on its own solve the “vast” problem of persecution, “it would provide much-needed hope and comfort to communities desperate to know that the United States stands with them.”

Wolf cited the president’s own words about his meeting with Pope Francis; Obama had said the meeting included the topic of “the potential persecution of Christians.”

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