Pope says chaste love best defence against AIDS
In an address to bishops from Angola and Sao Tome on Friday, Pope John Paul II spoke about the need to work for justice and reconciliation, putting forward chaste love as the "solid hope to overcome the forces that threaten the institution of the family, and at the same time, to free humanity of the devastating scourge of AIDS."
Urging the bishops of war-devastated Angola to rebuild and "console wounded hearts", the Holy Father went on to address threats facing family life. Catholic News Agency reports that he exhorted the bishops to proclaim "the liberating message of authentic Christian love," urging educational programs to stress that "true love is chaste love, and that chastity offers us solid hope to overcome the forces that threaten the institution of the family, and at the same time, to free humanity of the devastating scourge of AIDS."
The Holy Father urged young people to have recourse to the sacraments saying that "through a life of prayer and a solid sacramental life, they will remain united to Christ in order to pass on the values of the Gospel in their environments and they will generously assume their role in transforming society."
He said that Catholic schools are "an especially effective means to ensure" the formation of young people, and told the bishops to "promote religious and moral teaching, also in public schools, in order to create a consensus in public opinion on the importance of this type of formation. This service, which could come from closer collaboration with the government, is an important form of active Catholic participation in the society of your country," he said.
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25 Oct 2004