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Pope urges AIDS programs that respect church teaching

Pope John Paul II has encouraged Uganda's bishops to undertake initiatives for AIDS care and prevention that are in harmony with Church teaching.

The Holy Father made his appeal when he met with the bishops on their five-yearly visit to the Holy See.

He applauded the health, education and development efforts of the Ugandan Church which "show clearly the Church's commitment to the integral well-being of her sons and daughters and of all Ugandans regardless of religious creed".

He singled out the HIV/AIDS initiatives that, "in complete harmony with the Church's teaching, seek to assist those affected by this disease and to keep the public duly informed about it".

Meanwhile Cardinal Claudio Hummes of Sao Paolo, Brazil, representing the Vatican at a special UN plenary session, urged more international cooperation in the fight against the spread of AIDS. He especially called attention to the needs of children who have contracted AIDS.

"AIDS has become one of the great tragedies of our era," said Cardinal Hummes. "It is not only a health problem of the greatest magnitude, but also a social, economic, and political problem."

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24 Sep 2003