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Pope praises 'heroic' responders to Ebola

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Pope Francis tries on a head cap he was given by a faithful as arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, yesterday.


Pope Francis has praised the "heroic" response by doctors, nurses and volunteers helping contain the Ebola epidemic and has urged renewed international efforts to defeat the virus.

Francis also asked for prayers for the victims during his general audience yesterday, noting that Ebola is striking parts of Africa where some of the world's most disadvantaged already live.

He said that he was gravely concerned about this "implacable illness" and was praying for those infected as well as those "who are heroically doing everything possible to care for our sick brothers and sisters".