Christians who reject all refugees are 'hypocrites,' pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meeting a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, Pope Francis said he does not like "the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions."

Letter asks Obama, Congress to disavow bias claim in commission report

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A letter to President Barack Obama and congressional leaders asks them to "renounce publicly" a contentious sentence in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' report that equates religious freedom with discrimination.

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.