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Crosiers host novena for protection against Ebola at Phoenix church

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.

CRS manages ‘safe and dignified’ burials of Sierra Leone Ebola victims

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.

Bishop: Decision to house those monitored for Ebola ‘right thing to do’

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.

U.S. Catholic health care workers, dioceses respond to Ebola crisis

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.

Texas nurse with Ebola supported by prayers from her home parish

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.

Because of Ebola crisis, people ‘can’t even go to church,’ says priest

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.

Send prayers, needed aid for those hit by Ebola, pope says

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.

Panic, hunger spread among quarantined West Africans in Ebola areas

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.

Liberian health system suffers from strain of caring for Ebola patients

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.

Church workers fight fear, myths as Ebola worsens in Sierra Leone

It is hard for people in Sierra Leone not to lose hope as the death toll rises and worldwide fear grows over the worst Ebola outbreak on record, said the head of Caritas in the Archdiocese of Freetown, Sierra Leone.