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Pope speaks out on Aids

AGENCY STAFF | 2016-12-01 00:00:00.0
Pope Francis leads during his general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican
Pope Francis leads his general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican November 30, 2016.

Pope Francis has issued a call for "responsible behaviour" to prevent the spread of Aids, without specifying whether that included wearing condoms.

The pontiff issued a fresh call for every sufferer to have access to treatment.

In a message ahead of World Aids Day today the Argentinian pontiff said millions were living with the disease and "only half of them have access to life-saving treatment".

He said: "I ask you to pray for them and their loved ones and promote solidarity so that even the poorest can benefit from diagnosis and adequate treatment. I call on everyone to adopt responsible behaviour to prevent the spread of Aids."

His comments are likely to be interpreted as a fresh signal of the Catholic Church's easing of its opposition to the use of condoms in response to Aids.

But the pope's comments could also be seen as a call for carriers of the HI virus to refrain from having sex.

He has said the issue poses a "perplexing" question for church teaching, which maintains that contraception interferes with the creation of life and should, therefore, be forbidden.



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