LIBERIAN BISHOP Blocked from Attending Pope Francis’ Synod on Family
Bishop Anthony Borwah, 48, of the GBarnga diocese in central Liberia, has been unable to travel to Rome for the synod on the family because of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Barwah said, “We have once again become the abandoned and scum of the earth.”
Rev. Father Anthony Fallah Sakila Borwah was ordained as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Gbarnga in 2011.
“As Bishop of my people I carry within my heart their wounds and pains every moment of life here,” says Bishop Anthony Borwah
One bishop is absent from Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Synod of the Bishops on the family. He was invited, he wanted to come, his name is on the participant list, but he is not in Rome. He is some 4,000 miles away. And few—if any—people outside the synod hall even know he is not there.
His name is Bishop Anthony Borwah, 48, and he leads the Catholic Diocese of GBarnga in central Liberia, where Ebola is wreaking havoc. Tony, as he is called, learned he could not travel to the Synod in late August, when the Ivory Coast closed its borders due to the Ebola outbreak and restricted the one airline that could have taken him to Abidjan, where he needed to apply in person for a Schengen visa to travel to the European Union.
A woman throws a handful of soil towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on October 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. (Huffington Post)