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.

Catholics warn against new rules on religion in China

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Catholic experts warned that new rules on religion in China could severely hamper the Church's work by curbing its foreign contacts and imposing heavy penalties for unauthorized activity.