Pope Benedict XVI on World AIDS Day

From Vatican Information Service

At midday on Sunday the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. After some remarks on the start of Advent, he turned his attention to the commemoration of World AIDS Day.

“My thoughts and prayers go”, he said, “to everyone suffering from this disease, especially to children, the poor and those who are rejected.

“The Church”, he added, “never ceases to strive to combat AIDS through her institutions and personnel dedicated to that task. I call upon everyone to make their contribution, with prayer and tangible assistance, so that people affected by the HIV virus may experience the presence of the Lord Who offers comfort and hope. Finally, I trust that, by increasing and co-ordinating efforts, we may manage to halt and eradicate this disease”.

For more on CRS’ commemoration of World AIDS Day: http://worldaidsday.crs.org/

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