by JC Derrick
The pope didn’t name Iran or Cuba in his speech, but he indicated his support for U.S. policy changes toward both countries.
“I would like to recognize the efforts made in recent months to help overcome historic differences linked to painful episodes of the past,” he said. “It is my duty to build bridges and to help all men and women in any way possible to do the same.”
Naghmeh Abedini said her husband is increasingly sent to solitary confinement and suffers attacks from both guards and inmates. His father visited him this week and learned that prison officials attacked him with a stun gun and interrogated him Tuesday. Apparently, additional charges are forthcoming that could lengthen his sentence.
“My husband’s situation has gotten worse,” she told me while sitting in the office of Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., who invited her to the pope’s address. “Honestly, since the [nuclear] deal, I thought the treatment of my husband would improve....”