World AIDS Day: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.

Today, World AIDS Day, we are reminded that we are Called to Compassion and Responsibility.

In their 1989 pastoral letter “Called to Compassion and Responsibility: A Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis”, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminded us of our responsibility as Catholics and citizens of the world to those living with HIV.

Today we remember the men, women and children who are living with HIV in this country and around the world and those who have succumbed to AIDS. In the words of Pope John Paul II, “The love of God is so great that it goes beyond the limits of human language, beyond the grasp of artistic expression, beyond human understanding. And yet it is concretely embodied in God’s son, Jesus Christ and in his Body the Church … God loves you all, without distinction, without limit. He loves those of you who are elderly, who feel the burden of the years. He loves those of you who are sick, those who are suffering from AIDS and from AIDS Related Complex. He loves the relatives and friends of the sick and those who care for them. He loves us all with an unconditional and everlasting love.”

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