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Speaker: Technology can give personal connection

Bishop: Decision to house those monitored for Ebola 'right thing to do'

DALLAS -- Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ and stepped in to house the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and three others for several weeks at a diocesan facility when no one else would.

The bishop's acknowledgement Oct. 20 coincided with the lifting of the 21-day quarantine for nearly four dozen people being screened for the Ebola virus with none showing any signs of the disease. It also capped nearly a month of a scrambling by local, state and federal officials to both combat the virus and calm the public's fears about its spread.

Benedictine sisters use social media as way to spread the Gospel

WASHINGTON -- For nearly 130 years, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters have made it their mission to spread the Gospel, reaching 19 countries and five continents.

However, in recent years, the sisters have been expanding their mission to reach cyberspace.

"It was because of our development office that we had a need to expand our ministry via cyberspace," said Sister Kevin Hermsen, the development director at the Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk, Nebraska. "We are following the direction of the Holy Father regarding evangelizing using the forms of media that are available today."

In Turkey, pope will visit Blue Mosque, hold Mass in Istanbul cathedral

VATICAN CITY -- Although prayers and meetings with Orthodox leaders dominate the schedule of Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 trip to Turkey, he also will meet government leaders and visit Istanbul's Blue Mosque.

His visit to this secular but Muslim country of nearly 77 million people also offers the opportunity for Pope Francis to join Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople for celebrations in Istanbul of the feast of St. Andrew.

Food security a moral issue, says bishop at Iowa Hunger Summit

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called food security a moral issue during a keynote address Oct. 14 at the Iowa Hunger Summit.

"Food security and the relationship between food and peace are moral issues," said Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, speaking in his own diocese. "In our Christian tradition, we believe that lifting people out of poverty and feeding the hungry are serving Jesus in disguise."

U.N. nuncio decries growing violence against children around world

UNITED NATIONS -- Millions of the world's children are victims of armed conflict, pornography and sexual trafficking, and still more "are denied the most fundamental right to life," said the Vatican's nuncio to the United Nations.

"Prenatal selection eliminates babies suspected to have disabilities and female children simply because of their sex," Archbishop Berardito Auza wrote in a statement to the U.N. Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee Oct. 17, which was discussing the rights of children.

He's the Vatican's permanent representative at the U.N.

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