Lawmakers say Obama’s actions in Vietnam ignore human rights abuses

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, said May 24 that President Barack Obama’s decision to lift the arms embargo in Vietnam “failed to advance long-term U.S. interests.” Smith was joined by Reps. Barbara Comstock, R-Virginia, and Alan Lowenthal, D-California, and Vietnamese human rights activists at a news conference on Capitol Hill. “President Obama […]

Cincinnati parishioners learn to ‘Civilize It’ during election season

CLEVELAND (CNS) — Amid the anger, the attacks and the sometimes boisterous nature of this year’s presidential campaign, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is encouraging parishioners to remember that civility in politics is a virtue. To bring the point home, the archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office has unveiled the “Civilize It” campaign, stressing that respectful dialogue […]

Musician, actor, cardinals, lawyer address U.S. Catholic college graduates

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Speakers at commencement exercises at U.S. Catholic colleges and universities this year ranged from musician and composer Harry Connick Jr. and actor of stage and screen Mahershala Ali to cardinals and bishops and a former college president. As commencement speaker at Loyola University New Orleans May 20, Connick both regaled crowds and […]

Court remands two HHS challenges to lower courts ‘in light of Zubik’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court in orders issued May 23 remanded two Catholic entities’ legal challenges to the federal contraceptive mandate back to the lower courts. The high court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari for two plaintiffs — the Catholic Health Care System, an umbrella for four Catholic institutions affiliated […]

House OKs bill allowing more ways to protect religious freedom worldwide

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. House May 16 unanimously passed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, giving the Obama administration and the U.S. State Department new resources to combat what the bill’s bipartisan supporters say is “a worldwide escalation” of Christian persecution and anti-Semitism. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, was the author of […]