Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Patriarch of St. Stephen speaks on current plague of Ebola virus

PATRIARCHAL SEE 7 October 2014 (ORCNS) - Statement of Msgr. Rutherford, Cardinal Patriarch of St. Stephen on the current plague of Ebola virus.

Faithful in Christ,

Many are familiar with with the widespread outbreaks of the Black Plague that occurred during the 14th and 18th centuries, spreading across Europe without mercy. This devastating disease killed somewhere between 30 and 60% of Europe's population during the 14th century. Without treatment, it is said that up to 80% of those infected die within a week of contracting the disease. Now the world is faced with the spread of another disease that is at least as deadly and merciless. The haemorrhagic fever known as Ebola has had devastating effect in Africa, with an average mortality rate of 67%, according to the World Health Organization.

Msgr. Card. Rutherford prays for the people
of New Orleans at the Cathedral Basilica
of St. Louis, and subsequently prayed
a rosary for those suffering from Ebola.

The disease is not actually new. There were hundreds of cases in 1976, with the numbers of infections ranging from none to the hundreds in the subsequent years. Some say that the disease has been around for hundreds of years. Previously contained to Africa, cases have been seen in America and Europe this year. It is not surprising that this has caused grave concern among government leaders and the population.

It need hardly be said that this is a matter that must be treated with rational seriousness. Thankfully the number of cases of this disease are relatively low at this time. We pray that those tasked with preventing its spread may diligently fulfill their duty. Let us pray for those who are researching Ebola that treatment may be made more effective and a cure proven. Most of all, let us pray for those suffering from this disease, that the blessing of health may be restored to them; for their families who also suffer by enduring the scene of their loved one's torment; for those engaged in treatment of patients who may come in contact with the disease, with respect for their devotion and courage; and for those under observation who may have come in contact with the disease, that they may be spared the illness. Let us also pray for a conversion of heart, that we all may care about the entirety of mankind, regardless of nationality or continent.