- Jul 7, 2020
Despite rumors of its demise, the AIDS pandemic is far from over, and churches must continue to play a critical role in combating the disease, Catholic leaders were told at an international gathering of more than 15,000 AIDS researchers and activists.
Make medicine and health care more humane by protecting the life and dignity of all patients, particularly the weakest and the unborn, Pope Francis told Catholic doctors and medical specialists.
Abortions will still not take place at a Catholic-owned facility after the University of Vermont Medical Center said it will offer elective abortion procedures, ending a 45-year-old policy.
Gender dysphoria is a psychological condition in which a person’s experience of the psychological and cultural associations of their gender differ greatly from their biological sex. Dr. Paul Hruz, emphasizing the importance of rooting medical practices in science rather than ideology, says no randomized controlled trials have shown that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are the best treatments for children with the condition.
Despite an Italian media report on Thursday, a Vatican spokesperson told Crux there has been no interruption in services in any of the three Vatican-affiliated free medical clinics for the poor in Rome. The media report appears to have confused a situation surrounding a clinic run by an Italian non-profit organization with the pope’s own facilities.
The World Council of Churches working in tandem with many faith leaders in Kenya are trying to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS issues that continue to be a key problem in the nation. On the Day of the African Child, they called on pharmaceutical companies to prioritize the development of affordable, easy-to-swallow HIV drugs for children as one concrete action to implement immediately.