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New York bishop bans travel to west Africa, citing Ebola threat

November 04, 2014

Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester, New York has banned priests of the diocese from traveling to western African nations because of the threat of transmitting Ebola.

Bishop Matano told priests that the Ebola epidemic "demands a strong and reasonable response." He said that priests were forbidden to travel to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, and Nigeria. The Ebola epidemic has been widespread in the first three of those countries; in the other four, few or no cases have been reported.


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  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Nov. 05, 2014 2:28 PM ET USA

    Great. I'm sure the priests of his diocese have been flooding West Africa saving souls. Another day late and a dollar short declaration. I figure if a bishop is making a statement like this then there are other real problems not getting any attention. E.g "I hope this decision does not cause any grave inconvenience ..." Grave and inconvenient? "This decision is being made purely from a pastoral concern for the people of God Rochester and to ... maintain the highest confidence" Revolting.