Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Religious leaders 'have a key role in Aids battle'

Report on the role of the church in the AIDS fight from Mexico City's AIDS conference this week

Religious leaders hold the key to reducing stigma and discrimination towards those with HIV and AIDS, Mathew Frost Chief Executive of Tearfund told delegates at the Ecumenical Pre-conference on AIDS last week. Over 500 mainly church-based organizations from 77 countries met in Mexico City ahead of the 17th International AIDS Conference which began on Sunday August 3. At the final session Frost called for “courageous humility that brings us to listen and repent and a resolve that drives us to break the silence on stigma and discrimination towards those with HIV.”

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