- Sep 29, 2020
When COVID-19 struck communities around the world earlier this year, religious leaders who had responded to the HIV pandemic for decades were uniquely situated to confront the challenges the new virus presented, said international health officials who participated in a three-day virtual conference on the interfaith response to HIV and AIDS.
Pope Francis said Friday in Mozambique that the planet too has been abandoned and maltreated, and she “groans in travail.”
Although the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa has fallen off the front pages, around 127,000 people die from the disease every year.
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.