New York -- In response to the pope's Jan. 1 message, advocates for peace-making said nonviolent campaigns are becoming increasingly successful and common, violent insurgencies increasingly rare and unsuccessful.
The Vatican is helping Catholic dioceses and agencies step up the fight against Ebola and is urging other donors to help.
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace announced Wednesday that the Holy See would be making a "financial contribution" to support church-sponsored assistance to those affected by the Ebola outbreak. Vatican Radio reported the sum would be $3.5 million.
Leymah Gbowee expressed gratitude to the U.S. for responding to the Ebola crisis but said her country needs health care more than it needs troops.
"I'm just in awe of how the church has been so present in the midst of the fear of this epidemic," said deacon and doctor Timothy Flanigan.
Global Sisters Report: "The borders are so porous, people cross over without a second thought. The tentacles of the virus go in every direction."
Global Sisters Report: Mary Rizzo is battling the Ebola crisis in Liberia, even though she is nearly 5,000 miles away. For a while, it seemed she was alone.
Global Sisters Report: Two months after the Ebola outbreak spiraled out of control, small signs of change are beginning to appear in Liberia.
There have been 8,033 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola and more than 3,879 deaths attributed to the current outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organization reports.
The first man to be diagnosed with Ebola in the USA died Wednesday.
Aid workers are providing everything from medical care to protective gear to education as the Ebola virus continues to spread.
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Fr. McDonald Nah is praying that the people of Liberia are just as resilient with the Ebola outbreak as they were following the country's civil war more than a decade ago.
Nah is a priest of the archdiocese of Monrovia, Liberia, who is currently studying Catholic education administration at St. Louis University. The priest, who resides at a downtown parish, St. Nicholas, with another Liberian priest, Fr. Urey Patrick Mark, is expected to return to Liberia next summer after he completes his studies.
Church leaders in West Africa are raising concerns over sporadic violence that has killed one of their own and frustrated efforts to stem the Ebola epidemic.
The violence took a dangerous turn last week in a remote village in southeast Guinea, when fearful villagers killed eight members of a disinfection and awareness team, including an evangelical church pastor.