GSR Today - It seemed at times as if 2014 was the Year of Ebola. It wasn’t, of course – it was also the year of the Synod on the Family, in which the divisions over the future of the Catholic church seemed to be laid bare, the year of the apostolic visitation, in which that question seemed to be answered, and myriad other topics – but Ebola stood out.
GSR Today - A digest of sisters' hard work in some of the toughest conflicts of the day. This week, Ebola's legacy is expected to last at least another nine months; sisters, who were at the forefront of this issue, continue working against trafficking; and the Dominicans in Iraq report witness of the collapse of Christianity there.
Twelve weeks ago, Catholic deacon and doctor Timothy Flanigan left Rhode Island carrying 10 hockey bags full of medical supplies. His destination? The West African country of Liberia, one of several countries struggling to halt and recover from the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region.
The number of Ebola cases has leveled or dropped in Guinea and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization, but have increased dramatically in Sierra Leone. Catholic Relief Services is working on educating citizens there to change this trend. Holy Rosary sisters, who operate a counseling and peace center in Bo for vulnerable girls, reported last month that 70 percent of people in the country believed that Ebola had something political about it.