Analysis: Every ounce of Francis' personal charm and ability to articulate a Gospel-based faith will be required for his journey to have a lasting impact.
As the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency in West Africa, Ghana's bishops urged their government to be extra vigilant in screening people who enter the country by sea.
To avoid Ebola spreading from other West African countries to Ghana, officials at all entry points "should be alert and well-equipped to screen people" so they can "isolate and deal with possible cases," the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference said in a statement Thursday signed by its president, Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu of Konongo-Mampong.
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Pope Francis is dispatching Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy to northern Iraq, where Islamist militias have sent thousands of Christians and other religious minorities fleeing for their lives, the Vatican said Friday.
The Vatican announced the appointment of Filoni, a former papal nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, only a day after the pope launched a fresh appeal for the welfare of Christians affected by the violence there.
Although all religious schools, including Catholic and Buddhist ones, have been banned from providing educational services for nearly 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, Catholics in southern Vietnam unite to provide material and emotional support to candidates taking annual college entrance exams.
"We have thousands now fleeing. We have no help. No support from international community."
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A Vatican spokesman on Thursday released more information about Pope Francis' trip next week to South Korea, highlighted by his attendance at the sixth Asian Youth Day and the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.
It will be his first trip to Asia as pope.
The pope's itinerary is packed with a wide range of events. He will meet with:
North Korea has declined an invitation by South Korean Catholics to participate in a Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis at the end of his five-day visit.
Francis is scheduled to celebrate a Mass for peace and reconciliation Aug. 18 on the Korean Peninsula at Myeong-dong Cathedral in central Seoul. Catholic church officials in Seoul extended several requests to Pyongyang to send a delegation of believers to attend the event.
The pope also made a "pressing appeal to the international community to take initiatives to put an end to the humanitarian drama underway."