World AIDS Day 2013


Caritas Continues the Journey in Faith and Service

Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga says the international organization of Catholic aid and development agencies continues its journey in faith and service to those suffering from HIV AIDS.

In a message ahead of World AIDS Day observed on Sunday December 1, Cardinal Maradiaga says Caritas Internationalis “does not wait for the annual observance of World AIDS Day to fulfill its mandate of service with and for those living with and affected by the epidemic of HIV and AIDS. For more than twenty-five years, we have expressed the Church’s ‘tenderness and closeness’ to them. Through our direct action in some 116 countries of the world, we have served as the ‘institutional witnesses of the Church’s love ‘to such persons burdened by this threatening virus. HIV causes uncertainty and insecurity both for their own future, and that of their families, and could result in serious illness and death.”

“For the past several years, on this particular day of the year,” the Cardinal notes, “the international community has been encouraged to reflect on the theme ‘Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths’ on the occasion of World AIDS Day. The goal of Zero new HIV infections can be attained through responsible interpersonal relationships and individual behavior, including the limitation of sexual activity to a permanent and mutually faithful marriage between one man and one woman and the avoidance of all injecting drug use that has not been prescribed and supervised by health care professionals.”

“The goal of Zero AIDS-related deaths,” he continues, “can be attained by early diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection, for which Caritas has advocated through its ‘HAART for Children Campaign’.

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