NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC
APOSTOLATE FOR LIFE
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.
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The Pope was speaking at the end of his weekly
audience with pilgrims in
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
Wednesday’s appeal was the
second time in 24 hours that the Pope has spoken out about the epidemic centred
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.
The National Black Catholic Apostolate
for Life was inaugurated in the fall of 1997, with the