A press release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says that Bishop Howard Hubbard, the chairman of the bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, was among the signers of a letter sent to President Barack Obama today praising his Cairo speech and responding to his call to work for peace in the Holy Land.
The release said:
Bishop Hubbard said, “I am deeply inspired by the President’s effort to bridge divides of culture and faith and to reach out directly to the people of the Middle East. Confrontation only breeds radicalism. For this effort at rapprochement to succeed, however, we need to see real progress on the ground towards peace with justice in the Holy Land.”
The full text of the letter is here.
"Many years ago, when this cub reporter was covering religion, the first edition of a brave, feisty, independent publication called National Catholic Reporter showed up at my desk. From that day forward, NCR became my template for excellent reporting. It has become one of my trusted spiritual guides, as well."
- NCR contributor
Besides Bishop Hubbard, signers of the letter include:
- Bishop Gabino Zavala, Bishop President of Pax Christi USA:
- Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, Fla.
- Bihsop John H. Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla.
- Fr. Thomas Picton, President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men
- Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington
- Sr. Margaret Mary Kimmins, president of the Franciscan Action Network
- Marie Dennis, director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
- Sr. J. Lora Dambroski, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious