Catholic Charities agencies assess damage, begin helping storm victims

WASHINGTON (CNS) —­ Catholic Charities agencies joined emergency response efforts in coastal communities in four Southeastern states as residents and parish staffers began returning to assess the damage Hurricane Matthew left behind.

Cardinal-designate Tobin made news defending Church aid to refugees

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Last December, Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis made national news by defending the decision of his archdiocese to resettle a Syrian refugee family through the archdiocese's Catholic Charities agency  a decision that went against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's ban on resettling Syrian refugees in the state.

Cardinal-designate Cupich announcement doesn't surprise Chicago Catholics

CHICAGO (CNS) -- Archbishop Blase J. Cupich greeted the congregation at Holy Name Cathedral Oct. 9 with quips about the other news in town — the Chicago Marathon and the Cubs' second playoff win  before acknowledging the news that he had been appointed to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis.