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Catholic Unveils Plans to boost Govts ebola fight

Arthur Douglas
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(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec. 20, 2014)-The Roman Catholic Church has unveiled plans to boost the Liberian Government’s fight against Ebola.

The President of the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said: “Pope Francis was concerned about the Ebola crisis in Liberia and the Pope has been holding series of meetings on the situation and prayers for the country.”

“As part of the Pope’s empathy for Liberia, a modest action plan has been created to boost the efforts by religious institutions in helping the Government combat the ebola virus,” he also said.

The Roman Catholic Cardinal unveiled the plan Thursday, December 18, 2014 during a courtesy visit with the Liberian Leader at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.
Cardinal Turkson further noted that the plan to boost the Government’s Ebola fight focuses on five strategic areas.

He named the areas as local and international ebola awareness to reduce the ignorance about the virus, revamping the already collapsed health sector and, catering for orphans and families affected by the pandemic
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The Roman Catholic Cardinal said: “It’s a small action plan with five main points, including Education, the orphans, and health care delivery system to deal with the traditional health needs of the people.”

The psychosomatic aspect of it and the pastoral approaches to ensure that people still see their dead ones leave in a dignified manner are two of the five main points he mentioned in the small action plan.

In response, President Johnson-Sirleaf welcomed Cardinal Turkson and delegation to Liberia, and reflected on her most recent visit to Pope Francis in March this year (2014).

She thanked the delegation for the visit, saying: “Your assurance of support, during such challenging time for Liberia, demonstrates true friendship.”

The Liberian Leader further noted that the areas identified under the plan are the Government’s major priorities.

“But as you say we cannot do it all, there is bound to be gaps here-and-there that either through constraint in both human and financial resources, we may not be able to cover all of such gaps.”

“We are particularly glad to talk about the hospital, bring it back to a place where it can begin responding to normal health care needs again, because we, too, want to see the transition from prevention to cure,” the President added.

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is a part of the Roman Curia, dedicated to "action-oriented studies" for the International Promotion of Justice, Peace, and Human Rights from the Roman Catholic Church’s perspective.

The Catholic Church has been long time partner to the Liberian Government and has not only assisted the Government in providing quality education, but also quality health care, among other services.

Assistance from the Church has always come through the operation of schools and health facilities across the country.

Cardinal Turkson is the first Ghanaian Cardinal and was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the papal conclave of 2005 which elected Pope Benedict XVI
The Cardinal’s delegation included the Vatican

Ambassador to Liberia, Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk, Monsignor Robert Vitillo of Caritas International, Cape Palmas Diocese Bishop, Andrew Karnley, Father Patrick Kabbah, and a member of the Catholic Ebola Task Force in Liberia, Kofi Woods.

 


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