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Caption: Pope Benedict XVI and Mustafa Cagrici, the grand mufti of Istanbul, pray in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul in this 2006 file photo. Pope Francis will also visit the famous mosque during a late November visit to Turkey, the Vatican announced Oct. 21. (CNS/pool via Reuters)
Pope Benedict XVI and Mustafa Cagrici, the grand mufti of Istanbul, pray in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul in this 2006 file photo. Pope Francis will also visit the famous mosque during a late November visit to Turkey, the Vatican announced Oct. 21. (CNS/pool via Reuters)
Bishop: Decision to house those monitored for Ebola 'right thing to do'

By David Sedeno
Catholic News Service

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 when no one else would.

The bishop's acknowledgement Oct. 20 coincided with the lifting of the 21-day quarantine for nearly four dozen people being screened for the Ebola virus with none showing any signs of the disease. It also capped nearly a month of a scrambling by local, state and federal officials in trying to both combat the virus and calm the public's fears about its spread.
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Caption: Pope Francis arrives for the concluding business session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family Oct. 18. Also pictured are Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem and Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida, Brazil. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis arrives for the concluding business session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family Oct. 18. Also pictured are Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem and Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida, Brazil. (CNS/Paul Haring)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 21 (Oct. 23, 2014):

-- Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, presents a midterm summary of discussions at the extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

-- Stephen and Sandra Conway describe to the Synod of Bishops their experiences as coordinators in Africa of Retrouvaille, a program for troubled marriages.

-- The Minnesota dioceses of St. Paul-Minneapolis and Winona and attorney Jeff Anderson, who has represented plaintiffs in dozens of clerical sexual abuse lawsuits filed against the dioceses, announce new protocols for the protection of children as part of a landmark settlement by the parties.

-- In separate statements Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Bishop John M. Quinn of Winona, Minnesota, and Joe Doe 1, the original plaintiff in a Minnesota sexual abuse lawsuit, commend new protocols for protecting children and helping abuse survivors heal.

-- Every country has a primary duty to protect its own population from unjust aggression and when unable to do so, the international community must intervene, says the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza.

-- Any attempt at immigration reform must take into account the children and other family members left behind when economic or social conditions cause parents to emigrate, says Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Vatican delegate to international organizations in Geneva.

-- Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis issues a call for peace in the wider St. Louis area amid the continuing community unrest following the police shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in August.


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