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Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of one of Princes William and Harry's 19th-century ancestors as well as the causes of three Italian nuns who died from the Ebola virus while ministering to patients in Congo.
The Crosier Fathers and Brothers, in conjunction with St. Theresa Catholic Church, are offering a novena of intercession for protection from the Ebola virus. The prayer is every Tuesday through Dec. 23.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — The agency will ensure that graves are marked so that families know where their loved ones are buried and that there is "one body in one grave," a church official said, noting that in the current crisis "this is not always the case." "We need to create ways for people to visit the graves of their loved ones and still be safe," CRS' Michael Stulman explained, noting that currently no funeral services are held in Sierra Leone and visits to cemeteries are not allowed.
DALLAS (CNS) — Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ and stepped in to house the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and three others for several weeks at a diocesan facility because no one else would. On Oct. 20, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, among other officials, spoke at an early morning news conference saying area residents should be compassionate and welcoming of those who had been self-monitoring themselves.
Tabiri Chukunta has been trying to get the word out to the West African community in New Jersey that their families and friends in Liberia need to put on hold, at least temporarily, cultural traditions of greeting people affectionately and washing bodies of the dead.
During an Oct. 13 Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Fort Worth, the pastor, Father Jim Khoi asked for prayers for Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who grew up in the parish and is now in the news as the first person known to have contracted the Ebola virus in the United States.
Father McDonald Nah is praying that the people of Liberia are just as resilient with the Ebola outbreak as they were following the country's civil war more than a decade ago.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for prayers and concrete help for the thousands of people affected by the deadly Ebola virus. It was the second time in the past 24 hours that the pope spoke about the outbreak.
The World Health Organization estimated that more than 2,600 people in West Africa have been infected with Ebola since March. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are the countries mainly affected. Quarantines last 21 days.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) -- Liberia's health system is in "complete shambles," a church aid agency said, as the death of a Spanish priest brought to six the number of caregivers at a Catholic-run hospital in the capital of Monrovia who have died of Ebola in August.
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