God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensée of a Catholic priest

Congratulations

Saint Francis of Assisi with Al-Kamil, 15th Ce...

Congratulations to Francis I – our new pope and head of 1.2 billion Catholics. I am amazed to see how much is already discussed about him being conservative or progressive.
For me I believe:
He is a South American, clearly a man with compassion for the sick, the poor, those disadvantaged in life and born into poverty.
He is a Jesuit which means that science should not be a strange factor for him.
He clearly is known to have a decent life style and no thinking in terms of a church career – what a pleasure to know that.

And yes, he is known to be very conservative in question of moral theology – here the Holy Spirit might still have to work a bit… 🙂
And yes, there is discussion about his role during the dictatorship of the military in Argentina – most of us are simply not able to judge this claims at all

His name Francis – honoring Francis of Assisi as the Vatican pointed out (and not Francis Xavier) stands for a spring in the church when and if it is true that history repeats itself.
Let’s simply give him the chance to tackle all challenges and support him in deed and prayer.

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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