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 News Release           September 29, 2014        News Release


Father James Goode, OFM, President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life calls on the Black community, throughout the world to join Pope Francis as we battle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life joins our
Holy Father Pope Francis as we pray for our sisters and brothers in the
West African nations who are battling the Ebola outbreak.
We appeal to the international community to answer the cries of the people who are suffering from Ebola. Together we can make a difference.

 (Vatican Radio)
Pope Francis says his thoughts are with the West African nations battling the Ebola outbreak and he has appealed to the international community to redouble their efforts to aid the people who are suffering from this terrible disease.

Emer McCarthy reports Listen 

The Pope was speaking at the end of his weekly audience with pilgrims in
St. Peter’s Square. 

He said: “My thoughts now go to those countries in Africa that are suffering because of the outbreak of Ebola. I am close to the many people affected by this terrible disease. I invite you to pray for them and for those who have so tragically lost their lives. I hope the international community may provide much needed help to alleviate the sufferings
of our brothers and sisters”.

Wednesday’s appeal was the second time in 24 hours that the Pope has spoken out about the epidemic centred around
the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. 

Receiving the Bishops of Ghana on their Ad Limina Pilgrimage to the Holy See, Pope Francis stated : “I think in a particular way about the importance of the Church’s health care apostolate, not only in Ghana, but throughout western Africa, which is suffering at this time from the outbreak of Ebola,” he said. 

“I pray for the repose of the souls of all who have died in this epidemic, among whom are priests, men and women religious and healthcare workers who contracted this terrible disease while caring for those suffering,” Pope Francis continued.  “May God strengthen all healthcare workers there and bring an end to this tragedy!”

About 5,800 illnesses and over 2,800 deaths have been counted since the first cases of the hemorrhagic fever were reported six months ago. But international health authorities have warned that the crisis is probably far worse in reality, with many corpses and infected people hidden or unreported.

The World Health Organization released estimates Tuesday  warning that cases could soar dramatically. The U.N. agency, whose estimates were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine, said 21,000 people could be infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by early November.

The WHO said the death rate has been about 70 percent among hospitalized patients.

(from Vatican Radio)





The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life was inaugurated in the fall of 1997, with the
National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and the Franciscan Solid Ground Ministry as sponsors
and with the support of the
John Cardinal O'Connor, then Archbishop of New York and the
Archdiocesan Office of Black Ministry - Brother Tyrone A. Davis, CFC, Executive Director. 
Since then, NBCAL Affiliates have been established throughout the United States.

NBCAL Board of Consultants


Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., DD Episcopal Advisor,
 Rev. Fr. James E. Goode, OFM, Ph.D President - NBCAL,
Dr. Beverly A. Carroll
(Former, USCB:SAAC, NBCAL Senior Advisor),
 Rev. Monsignor Mauricio West, V.G. (NBCCC), Very Rev. Glenn D. Parker, CSsR (NBCCC),
Ms. Donna Toliver Grimes, (USCCB-SCDC)A.D. AAA,
Sr. M. Callista Robinson, OSF, Pres.NBSC,
Fr. Kenneth Taylor, Pres.NBCCC, Deacon Arthur L. Miller, Pres. NABCA (Ex-officio),
Deacon Joseph Connor,  Pres.(NAAACD),  Rev. Fr. Fred J. Briers. CR (NBCCC),
 Ms. Therese Wilson Favors, (NABCA), Supreme Knight
Fredron DeKarlos Blackmon (KPC),
Supreme Lady Vertella A. Kenion


National Black Catholic Congress
Valerie E. Washington, Exec. Director

Xavier University,

            Institute for Black Catholic Studies
      Rev. Maurice J. Nutt, CSsR, D.Min