The National Director of Iran’s Pontifical Missionary Society has praised the nuclear program deal reached yesterday in Vienna, saying,”We give thanks to Christ” for it.
According to Fides, the director, Chaldean Iranian priest Hormoz Aslani Babroudi, said this, stressing the deal is a positive step for Iran and the world which has brought joy to his people.
For nearly two years, there have been ongoing negotiations among Iran, the United States and other nations. The agreement would limit Iran’s nuclear activities and in return, the Middle Eastern nation would be relieved from sanctions. It would also be allowed to continue its atomic program for peaceful purposes. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency would have continued access to monitor Iran’s nuclear program.
While many say the deal is a significant step, details still are to be released. The US Congress has 60 days to review it, and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, still is to approve it.
“I can certainly say that all Christians, along with all the Iranian people are rejoicing because their prayers were answered,” Fr. Hormoz said. “From now on it will be easier for the world to have a positive outlook toward Iran, the desire for harmony will prevail and it will be easier to show everyone that Iran is not what some media networks report. We can work and use science for the good of the country, we can develop technologies to live better.”
Father Hormoz also said this deal has brought much joy to the Christian communities.
“We are all happy with this result, we do not consider ourselves foreigners, but Iranians and we are proud of it. We pray our Lord Jesus Christ and give thanks to Him for this good news. We ask Him to protect us. We also ask Him to bless and give strength and courage to all the people and all our beloved Iran, including those who take care of us and lead the country.”
Yesterday, the Vatican reacted to the news of the agreement. In a statement, Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, noted the Holy See sees the nuclear program deal in ‘a positive light.’ (D.C.L.)
On ZENIT’s Web page:
Holy See Press Office’s Statement on Deal: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/holy-see-iran-nuclear-deal-is-viewed-in-a-positive-light