Ebola

By Alfred Weidinger from Vienna, Austria (Bob Geldof in the Belvedere, Vienna) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Thirty years after the original Band Aid, Bob Geldof has returned front-&-centre stage, directing the global media to focus on helping the people in West Africa with Ebola; unashamedly he attempts to use celebrity power to mobilise political will. It is good to have him back.Bob...Bob’s media presence in such a debate is a catalyst which manages (consciously and unconsciously) to provoke big moral questions which people normally try to ignore; so the very fact that we are forced to...
The 89th edition of Jesuits and Friends has been published so if you are on our mailing list you should be receiving it very soon, or it is already with you. You can also pick up the latest edition in Jesuit parishes and spirituality centres. If you would rather read it online we publish each edition to our website and the latest edition can be read online now: Jesuits and Friends Winter 2014 edition Popes prayer for victims of ebolaJesuits and Friends also has a new editor, Paul Nicholson SJ,...
Protecting health workers against Ebola infection
“The Church’s health care apostolate in western Africa, which is suffering from Ebola at this time … is particularly important. I pray for the repose of the souls of all who have died in this epidemic, among whom are priests, men and women religious and healthcare workers who contracted this terrible disease while caring for those suffering. May God strengthen all healthcare workers there and bring an end to this tragedy!”  [Pope Francis, 23 September 2014]Jesuits...
The Jesuits are working to minimise the effects of Ebola, which has to date claimed over 1,200 lives in West Africa. The African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) is providing culturally sensitive information that is urgently needed to contain the swift expansion of the virus.As Ebola spreads rapidly throughout West Africa, people in affected areas are gripped by ignorance, suspicion and unreasoning fear. This has led to actions by the public that are counterproductive and harmful, the most recent...