Published in AIDS Weekly, October 18th, 2004
The Catholic Church has repeatedly rebuffed campaigns for it to endorse the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS. The Vatican holds that condoms, because they are a form of artificial birth control, cannot be used to help prevent the spread of the disease.
In a written message for the Church's World Day of the Sick, the Pope described AIDS as "a pathology of the spirit" as well as a disease.
"To fight it in a...
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