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Texas nurse released from NIH, thanks God and doctors for recovery

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Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who was the first person known to have contracted the Ebola virus in the United States, thanked God, her family and her medical team for her recovery Friday.

Pham held a news conference in Bethesda after she was declared virus-free and released from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family and friends," she said. "Throughout this ordeal I have put my trust in God and my medical team.

Catholic Charities keeps reaching out to society's edges, priest says

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Fr. Larry Snyder's 10 years of service as president of Catholic Charities USA are made up of countless "moments," he said, that illustrate how the national network of local agencies are working to "bring about a society that cares for all God's children."

The priest made the comments during the annual Catholic Charities gathering Oct. 4-7 in Charlotte.

Snyder will leave the post in February to become vice president for mission at the University of St. Thomas in his home St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.

Iowa Hunger Summit teaches students about food availability worldwide

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Despite the name, the Iowa Hunger Summit, held here Oct. 14, is not solely concerned with food insecurity among the people of Iowa, but also throughout the United States and other countries of the world. 

The state of Iowa, as the country's leader in corn production, seems to be a fitting place for the summit to happen every fall. This year, the summit celebrated the centennial anniversary of the birth of native son and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his efforts to end world hunger. 

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