What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Pope Francis

These are the names of the 17 new cardinals the pope appointed at the consistory

November 19, 2016. 13 of them are under the age of 80, and thus able to vote in a hypothetical conclave, and four of them are non-electors.
Vatican

Vatican congratulates Trump and hopes his time in office "can truly be fruitful"

November 9, 2016. While speaking to Vatican Radio, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, congratulated the new president and hoped that his government "can truly be fruitful."
Vatican

Vatican strongly reacts to episcopal ordinations in China made without pope's permission

November 7, 2016. "In recent weeks, there has been a series of reports regarding some episcopal ordinations conferred without Papal Mandate of priests of the unofficial community of the Catholic Church in Continental China,” explains the Vatican in a letter signed by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke.

Jesuits fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa for over a decade

2012-07-28

This group of Jesuits is now present in 30 African countries after being founded in 2002. Its founder and first director is the Canadian priest Michael Czerny who says there are many levels to combating the virus.

Fr. Michael Czerny
Founder, AJAN

"There are many dimensions to AIDS impact on a community and so first of all you need to work with those who are vulnerable but not necessarily infected, you work with those who are infected, those who've then passed to the stage of AIDS, and then to all of those who are affected by AIDS.”

The stance of the Catholic Church against the use of condoms has been highly criticized by observers of the AIDS epidemic. However, at the same time the Church is one of the largest groups providing care to victims.

Fr. Michael Czerny
Founder, AJAN

"We explain the Church's position which is a much more holistic, and reasonable, and effective approach which doesn't cut corners and which doesn't enhance or promote disrespect between people.”

Pregnant mothers infected with HIV can receive a shot to ensure the virus won't be passed on to the child during birth. The shot costs around 100 dollars compared to the estimated 300,000 dollars a government spends throughout the lifetime of someone living with HIV.

Father Czerny notes that the human side of living with AIDS in Africa is removed when victims are turned into numbers.

Fr. Michael Czerny
Founder, AJAN

"I think from the outside we tend to use many zeros, we talk about huge numbers and alarming trends and we lose touch or we never get into touch for what it means for the individual, for the family, for the community, and finally for the country.”

These Jesuits are aware that the call for more assistance to AIDS victims is not something new. They fear that it's losing importance on the agenda of world priorities. However, they continue their services of counseling, home-based care, education, as well as economic and medical support.


AE
AA/AJAN
-
-BN