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Syriac patriarch calls Islamic State actions 'attempted genocide'

Returning from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State invasion "pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide."

"What we, the five patriarchs, saw in Ankawa, Irbil and other cities of Kurdistan, was something indescribable in terms of the violation of human rights and the threat of disappearing of various communities among the vulnerable minorities of Northern Iraq," Younan said. "It is a pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide.

Liberian bishop: Lack of proper health care facilitates rapid spread of Ebola

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The emergence of Ebola in West Africa ought to be an "awakening for Liberia and for the world of the need for proper health care," said Bishop Andrew Karnley of the diocese of Cape Palmas, Liberia.

The bishop, who has been on a mission appeal tour in St. Louis and meeting with church officials in New York, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, spoke with NCR on Sunday at the headquarters of the SMA Fathers here. Karnley called health care "a basic human right, not a privilege."

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