God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

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AIDS an ethical problem, so the Pope

Pope Benedict XVI signed a Catholic Church pledge for Africa in Benin last week. The document reflects on the recommendations of the African Synod in 2009. Addressing the issue of AIDS, this document says the syndrome is, above all, an ethical problem and calls for changes in behavior, including sexual abstinence and rejection of promiscuity. Many remember that on his first trip to Africa in 2009, the pope stirred controversy when he suggested to reporters on his plane that condoms aggravate the AIDS problem. He has since seemed to back off from that position, and has not even mentioned condoms during this visit.

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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