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Pope says science must benefit poor

Pope John Paul II has urged scientists to work to close the gap between rich and poor nations, insisting that research should not be subject to economic or political interests.

Speaking on Monday to a Pontifical Academy for Life gathering, he referred specifically to poor African countries ravaged by AIDS.

The Pope expressed gratitude for those working in biomedicine for improving quality of life.

Research, he said, must follow "an authentically humanist orientation".

He added that there is a growing urgency to fill the "unacceptable gap that separates the developing world from the developed world".

There has been outcry in recent years over the inability of poor people to afford AIDS medicines that can ease symptoms or prolong survival.

He also used the occasion to renew his call for ethical research which avoids "every temptation to manipulate man."


Pope says church must speak out on limits of biomedical research (Cathoilc News Service)
Pope Reminds Science About Imperative to Respect Human Life (Zenit)
Pontifical Academy for Life

26 Feb 2003