eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new
NOW LIVE: Eyewitness News: Watch Live Stream

Local

New Jersey Congressman Among US Delegation To Vatican

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A longtime New Jersey congressman will be among a bipartisan group of federal leaders heading to the Vatican this week for the investiture of Pope Francis.

Republican Rep. Chris Smith, who represents the state’s 4th District, was tapped for the trip by House Speaker John Boehner. The American delegation will be headed by Vice President Joe Biden.

Smith chairs the House’s subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee. While in Rome, Smith says he plans to meet with Vatican officials to discuss human rights issues, including human trafficking, religious freedom and culture of life issues.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Content On CBSPhilly