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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 289

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Caritas statement on Pope and HIV and AIDS

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 novembre 2010

Caritas Internationaliswelcomes the Pope’s reported comments on the importance of responding to theHIV pandemic. They are an affirmation of the importance of pastoral sensitivityand compassion in HIV and AIDS prevention. The comments are reported inthe book “The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times” due to be publishedon November 23. In the book, the Pope isquoted as saying that for some individuals – for instance a male prostitute –the use of a condom to prevent HIV infection can be a first step towardsassuming moral responsibility and adopting a more human way of livingsexuality. He goes on to say that whilecondoms may reduce the risk of infection, the Church does not regard them as areal or moral solution. Caritas Internationalis worksin the prevention of HIV infection and in the treatment and care of thoseliving with HIV and AIDS. Caritas Internationalis SecretaryGeneral, Lesley-Anne Knight, said: “The Pope’s reported comments in this bookillustrate the importance of compassion and sensitivity in dealing with thecomplexities of HIV/AIDS prevention. Caritas delivers its HIV/AIDS programmesin line with Church Teaching and we will consider, in close consultation withthe Holy See, whether there are implications for our work in these reportedcomments of Pope Benedict.” Caritas Internationalis isthe confederation of 165 national Catholic aid agencies. Its members provideHIV programming in more than 100 countries.

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