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Grand Ayatollah to Pope Francis: “Thank you for saying Islam is not equal to terrorism”

August 22, 2016. Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi sent a letter to Pope Francis to thank him for his words on the flight back from Poland, a few weeks ago: "It is not right to say that Islam is a terrorist faith.” In his letter, the Shia religious leader has strongly condemned terrorist attacks from fundamentalist Islamic groups. He has also stated that "the vast majority of the Musilm people consider all Takfiri sects to be outside the fold of Islam.” Makarem Shirazi is one of the 64 Grand Ayatollahs in Shia Islam and, as such, one of the highest authorities in matters of Islamic dogma and law.
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Pope conveys “solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims of wildfire in Portugal

August 16, 2016. The fire has killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed a letter, on behalf of Pope Francis, to the bishop of Funchal, Antonio Carrilho. The letter was read during the celebration of Holy Mass for Our Lady of the Mount, Patroness of Funchal. In the letter, Pope Francis expressed his condolences and sorrow over the loss of life and property in the Portuguese island of Madeira, where wildfires have killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. Pope Francis conveys "solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims and those displaced by the wildfires and prayed for the wounded and asked them to have "courage and consolation in Christian hope” for all involved.
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Pope sends condolences to North America in wake of Hurricane Earl

August 9, 2016. Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences to the victims in the wake of Hurricane Earl through a message sent by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The hurricane killed at least 45 people in Mexico and 13 in the Dominican Republic and caused an estimated $50 million in damage.
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Pope sends his condolences following attack that killed 70 people at a hospital in Pakistan

August 9, 2016. The terrorist attack at Quetta Hospital killed dozens of lawyers and left 120 others injured.
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Pope Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women

August 2, 2016. Six women and six men will study the diaconate of women "with regard to the first ages of the Church.”
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Federico Lombardi appointed new president of The Ratzinger Foundation

Aug. 1, 2016. Today Fr. Lombardi officially ceases to be director of the Vatican Press Office and becomes the president of The Ratzinger Foundation. Father Federico Lombardi will chair the board of the Vatican foundation established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Until now it was run by president Monsignor Giuseppe Scotti. The Ratzinger Foundation promotes the study of theology, organizes cultural and scientific congresses and rewards the work of scholars and researchers in different fields.

Spanish priest infected with Ebola, dies

2014-08-12

he Spanish missionary priest who was infected with Ebola, has died. Miguel Pajares, who got infected in Liberia, died in his native Spain. 

He died just a few days after arriving, and after agreeing to an experimental treatment. 

He worked in a health care center located in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, in a hospital run by the Brothers of St. John of God. He wasn't the only victim though. The hospital's director, two priests, a nun and a social worker who worked there, also died. 

It was back in December that infections began to multiply, especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases have also been reported in Nigeria, which is Africa's most populated country. At least a dozens people have been infected there and a state of emergency has been declared. 

More than 1,000 people have died from the epidemic. It's estimated that another 2,000 are infected. The Pope expressed his concern and called for prayers. 

POPE FRANCIS (August 10th) 
"Let's also pray for victims of the Ebola virus and for those who are fighting to stop it.” 

The World Health Organization issued a state of global health emergency, since the risk of the disease spreading is a viable threat. 

MARGARET CHAN 
World Health Organization, Director General
"Its advice to me acknowledges the serious and unusual nature of the outbreak and the potential for further international spread”.

The World Health Organization also authorized the use of a new experimental drug, which is the same drug the Spanish missionary had begun to receive. The drug has been sent to Africa and it's also being given to an American doctor and missionary who are infected and reeving treatment in the U.S. 


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