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February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

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Priest in Liberia: Every day, I would hear of another death caused by Ebola

2014-11-05

Since March 2014, more than 5,000 people have been infected with Ebola in Liberia. Roughly half of them have died. Msgr. Robert Vitillo stayed in the country for two months. He saw the effects this illness has on communities, families and children. 

MSGR. ROBERT J. VITILLO
Health Adviser, Caritas Internationalis
"I was staying at a local Catholic college and almost everyday another staff person came to say: 'My sister was taken away last night, my aunt died yesterday, my uncle died...' And so these multiple loses, this is a real psychological trauma.”

Now, it's fear that's taking over the country of 4 million people. Infected or not, there's a worry to have any type of physical contact with others. There's also stigma or discrimination, among those who were cured from the disease. 

MSGR. ROBERT J. VITILLO
Health Adviser, Caritas Internationalis
"One priest told me that he was going to visit the Ebola patients, you know, from a distance, not touching them. But his parishioners told him to stop doing that because they were afraid he would get infected and then infect them.”

The effects of Ebola are affecting not just people's health, but also the economy of countries that are already impoverished. Now NGO's, the United Nations and Caritas, are trying to help with the economic hardships of this illness. 

MSGR. ROBERT J. VITILLO
Health Adviser, Caritas Internationalis
"All the schools are closed, many of the hospitals are closed and the clinics are closed. Government workers who are considered non-essential don't work anymore, so they're not making salaries, and people don't have enough money to buy food for their families and help them survive.”

The Catholic Church already manages 18 health centers in Liberia. Msgr. Vitillo says education and prevention should also be a priority in Sierra Leon and Ghana. The more the international community helps, the easier it will be to stop the threat of this deadly disease. 


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