Rabbi David Saperstein, U.S. ambassador at large for religious freedom, is the person in charge of putting together the State Department's annual religious freedom report. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Katrina Lantos Swett, chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, says societies that protect religious freedom tend to be more peaceful and prosperous. But some critics see a double standard at work in the U.S. efforts to ensure religious freedom abroad, and even supporters of such promotion admit that the results have been mixed. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
A congress of Catholic families held once every three years in a different part of the world has concluded for the first time in the United States. The four-day World Meeting of Families wrapped up Friday in Philadelphia, a day before the arrival of Pope Francis. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports many of the 17,000 participants reaffirmed the church's traditional conception of family based on heterosexual love - though not all agreed.