ARCHBISHOP Hilarion Capucci has returned to Iran to continue negotiations for the release of the American hostages and to open discussions about the status of Catholic schools and missionaries in the country.
The 58 year old Melkite-Rite Archbishop expressed optimism that he would receive written assurances from Iranian leaders that schools and missions could operate freely in the Islamic nation. 'I am claiming a right which is in the Iranian con stitution,' he said.
However, in the light of spying accusations about the Anglican churches in Iran and extremist opposition to priests working among Iranians. hopes seem to be fading.
Archbishop Capucci has been unofficially representing Vatican interests in Iran for several months, and recently had a 40minute audience with the Pope at Castelgandolfo where he delivered a letter from Iranian students in Rome.