Miami Archdiocese calls for prayers, prepares to help hurricane victims

MIAMI (CNS) — Like the rest of South Florida, the Archdiocese of Miami was carefully watching the path of Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm that began pounding Haiti and Cuba Oct. 4 and hit Florida's Atlantic coastal area late Oct. 6.

Hurricane response in Haiti slowed by blocked roads, floods, power outages

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Haitian first responders and nongovernmental aid workers were assessing the damage from Hurricane Matthew even as they scrambled to deliver food, water, and shelter materials to communities isolated by washed-out bridges and blocked roads.

Survey: Catholics want businesses to cover contraception in health plans

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two-thirds of people responding to a Pew Research Center survey — including a majority of Catholics — said it is appropriate that employers be required to provide health insurance coverage for artificial birth control even if employers object on religious grounds to its use.