- Jan 22, 2020
Although the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa has fallen off the front pages, around 127,000 people die from the disease every year.
Wherever he goes, Capuchin Father Marcelo Monti talks not only about the values of his congregation, but also about the prevention of HIV, which took the life of his sister 10 years ago. In 11 months, he has already walked 3,600 miles through six countries, but still has a long way to Quebec on the first stage of his journey.
Father Paul Desrosiers started an HIV/AIDS hospice in New Orleans at a time when there was a terrible stigma attached to people suffering from the illness and it was a death sentence.
The Good Samaritan home, a Roman Catholic-run shelter that has housed dozens of HIV and AIDS patients since it opened its doors outside Panama City in 2005, is readying for a high-profile visit Sunday by Pope Francis.
Responding to the deaths of tens of thousands of children from AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses, the Vatican brought together physicians and representatives of drug companies and humanitarian agencies to strategize ways to improve care for children and adolescents who are HIV-positive.
Two Catholic leaders applauded congressional committees for reauthorizing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, opening the door for final passage of a bill to keep the program in place for another five years.