Rep. Chris Smith

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Thousands of Christians peacefully and prayerfully march to a rally in front of the Nigerian Plateau state governor's office building in protest of the 2023 Christmas massacre that left over 200 Christian Nigerians dead, Jan. 8, 2024.

House advances resolution to increase sanctions on Nigeria over persecution of Christians

Feb 7, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith, the resolution would call on the Biden administration to designate Nigeria a “country of particular... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Witnesses testify to torture by Nicaraguan dictatorship at hearing on imprisoned Catholic bishop 

Dec 1, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Among the witnesses testifying at the hearing titled “An Urgent Appeal to Let Bishop Álvarez Go” were several Nicaraguan exiles.  Read more

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable with Jewish community leaders in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Oct. 11, 2023, in Washington, D.C.

UPDATE: Biden administration announces plan to evacuate U.S. citizens from Israel

Oct 12, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

A bipartisan group of lawmakers had called on the State Department in a letter Tuesday to help bring those trapped... Read more

Armenian Caritas, with the support of Catholic Relief Services and USAID (United States Agency for International Development), launched the Immediate Assistance to Displaced Families of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict program in the Ararat region. Food and non-food assistance is provided to help vulnerable households displaced from Nagorno-Krabakh to meet their needs while they figure out what next steps to take amid the uncertain situation.

U.S. bishops call for opening of corridor to allow aid to Armenian Christians 

Sep 8, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The USCCB said in a press release Thursday that recent reports have indicated a “devastating impact” of the blockade of... Read more

Actor Jim Caviezel; Tim Ballard, whom Caviezel portrays in the movie “Sound of Freedom”; and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy answer questions at a screening of the movie on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 25, 2023.

‘Sound of Freedom’ screening on Capitol Hill sparks call to track missing children in U.S.

Jul 28, 2023

By Martin Barillas

Members of Congress recently viewed the popular anti-trafficking film, after which producer Eduardo Verástegui proposed draft legislation. Read more

Photos of the June 3 vandalism show a splash of red paint covering the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center’s white door. On the brick outer building, the words “Jane says revenge” are written in black spray paint.

Congressional bill aims to protect pro-life pregnancy centers against ‘terror attacks’

Sep 21, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The bil would require the Biden administration to publicly report its handling of the investigation of those engaging in “domestic... Read more

USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat: Congress must prevent taxpayer-funded abortion

Jun 23, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected an opportunity to vote on a prohibition of taxpayer-funded abortion. Read more

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.). Courtesy photo.

Congressman urges vigilance on anniversary of anti-trafficking law

Oct 30, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Two decades after the enactment of a landmark anti-trafficking law, the threat has evolved during the current pandemic—and so too,... Read more

Bishop James Su Zhimin. Image from Congressional - Executive Commission On China Political Prisoner Database.

Congressional hearing highlights case of missing Chinese Catholic bishop

Jul 30, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The fate of a long-imprisoned Catholic bishop in China was the focus of a congressional hearing on Thursday, amid growing... Read more

Protestors in Hong Kong.

House discusses ‘brutal, sweeping crackdown’ in Hong Kong

Jul 1, 2020

The new national security law in Hong Kong is an assault on the rights of the people, Speaker of the... Read more

Swarm of desert locusts in Kenya.

Locusts threaten East African food crisis, members of Congress call for aid

May 13, 2020

Members of Congress are calling on the president to take early action to fight swarms of locusts in East Africa,... Read more

Factory in Jiangxi province, China.

Chinese forced labor is in US supply chain, Congressional report finds

Mar 12, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Political, ethnic and religious prisoners are being used as forced labor in China, making goods that end up in U.S.... Read more

The United States capitol building.

Congress advances bill condemning China ‘re-education’ camps

Dec 6, 2019

The House of Representatives this week passed legislation recognizing the mass detention of Uyghurs and other abuses committed by the... Read more

Congressional pro-lifers, led by Rep. Steve Scalise, address a press conference about the Born Alive bill at the Capitol April 2, 2019.

Born Alive bill still stalled as Congress returns to session

Sep 10, 2019

By Matt Hadro

Five months after first attempting to force a vote on legislation to protect babies who survive botched abortions, pro-life Members... Read more

Catholic Church of the Saviour also called Xishiku Church or Beitang in Xicheng District, Beijing, China. Via Shutterstock

Religion in China: 'It’s never been worse than it is right now,' Congress hears

Jun 28, 2019

By Matt Hadro

At a congressional hearing on the worldwide persecution of Christians, religious freedom advocates warned Thursday of the plight of Christians... Read more

US Capitol building. Stock photo via Shutterstock

House Republicans seek new vote on Born-Alive Abortion bill

Feb 26, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Republicans in the House of Representatives are seeking a vote on a new version of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection... Read more

Rep. Smith at the podium, and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, April 2017. Courtesy photo.

President Trump signs anti-human trafficking bill into law

Jan 9, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

President Donald Trump signed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act on Tuesday.  Read more

Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives.

New House passes spending bill with pro-abortion rider

Jan 4, 2019

In the first day of the new congressional session, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill that includes a... Read more

Stop Sex Abuse press conference at the U.S. Capital, June 7, 2018. Courtesy photo.

Congressmen call for investigation into Planned Parenthood abuse cover-ups

Jun 7, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Several members of Congress have asked the federal government to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood has covered-up acts of sexual... Read more

Commentary: Trump/Reagan Title X Protect Life Rule 

May 21, 2018

By Rep. Chris Smith

Last Friday, the Trump Administration announced its intention to reassert and promulgate portions of President Ronald Reagan’s modest but necessary... Read more