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Returning to her home in Miami after a month-long assignment to West Africa, Dr. Aileen Marty, a former U.S. Navy doctor and expert in infectious diseases, said on Sept. 22 that the deadly Ebola outbreak will be contained only if all ports of entry in the region are adequately screened for infected carriers. • Pope Francis, who has said the Catholic Church has “not yet come up with a profound theology of womanhood,” named five women, a record number, to the International Theological Commission on Sept. 30. • The former chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Michael Lovell, became the first lay president of Marquette University on Sept. 19. • The U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities has prepared a packet for the observance in October of Respect Life Month that is available online at • In a statement during the U.N. Climate Summit on Sept. 23, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin observed that “warming of the climate system…is a very serious problem which...has grave consequences for the most vulnerable sectors of society and, clearly, for future generations.”

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