Catholic in Congress Praised for Being Great Dad

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WASHINGTON, D.C., DEC. 11, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The first Vietnamese-American member of the U.S. Congress is winning praise for more than just his political views; the Knights of Columbus have pointed him out as a "newsworthy dad."



Anh Joseph Cao was recently elected to the House of Representatives for Louisiana. A young escapee from Vietnam and a former seminarian, the Congressman affirms that today, his family is the center of his life.

"I could not live without my wife and two daughters" the 41-year-old Republican told the Fathers for Good Web site. "To watch [my daughters] grow into beautiful girls has been the joy of my life."

With a personal history that has led him from escaping his homeland in 1975, to years studying to be a Jesuit priest, and then working as an attorney in New Orleans, Cao said that his Catholic faith has been a force of stability.

"My faith has been the center of my life all these years," he said. "I go to church almost every day to discern what God is calling me to do with my life."

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On the Net:

Cao profile on "Newsworthy Dads": www.fathersforgood.org/ffg/en/news/index.html