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Caption: Liberian children are encouraged to wash their hands as part of an Ebola sensitization program in Monrovia, Liberia.
Liberian children are encouraged to wash their hands as part of an Ebola sensitization program in Monrovia, Liberia. "Whole families are being decimated," said a Liberian bishop Oct. 17 about the spread of the disease in his country. (CNS/EPA)
Bishop says Ebola makes Liberians feel 'God has forsaken us again'

By Bronwen Dachs
Catholic News Service

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) -- A Liberian bishop unable to attend the Synod of Bishops on the family has urged his fellow bishops to use their influence to help West African families in their enormous suffering caused by Ebola.

"Whole families are being decimated," Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah of Gbarnga, Liberia, said in an Oct. 17 telephone interview.
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Caption: Pope Francis leads a consistory for the beatification of Giuseppe Vaz and Maria Cristina dell'Immacolata Concezione at the Vatican Oct. 20. The meeting of cardinals also discussed terrorism in the Middle East. (CNS/Maria Grazia Picciarella, pool)
Pope Francis leads a consistory for the beatification of Giuseppe Vaz and Maria Cristina dell'Immacolata Concezione at the Vatican Oct. 20. The meeting of cardinals also discussed terrorism in the Middle East. (CNS/Maria Grazia Picciarella, pool)
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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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