Cardinal's U.N. Address on Fight Against AIDS
"We Insist on Formation and Education Toward Proper Behavior"
NEW YORK, JUNE 6, 2006 (Zenit) - Here is the address delivered Friday by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, to the U.N. General Assembly, in which the progress was analyzed in realizing the targets set out in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.
* * *
I have the honor of bringing the greetings of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, to all who are engaged in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in all corners of the world. The Pope is deeply concerned about the spread of the illness and guarantees both the continuity and the increase of the work that the Catholic Church does to stop this scourge.
Since the beginning, the Catholic Church has offered its contribution in the fight against the HIV virus and those suffering from AIDS on the medical, social and spiritual levels. In fact, 26.7% of the centers that treat people infected with HIV and affected by AIDS in the world are Catholic-based. Our work focuses on the training of health care professionals, as well as prevention, treatment, care and assistance. In all of these stages, we accompany the sick and their respective families.
Specifically, Caritas Internationalis is engaged in this important work in 102 countries. The Holy See has launched initiatives all around the world. We note our presence and action working against the pandemic in 62 countries: 28 in Africa, nine in America, six in Asia, 16 in Europe and three in Oceania.
Besides the local personnel, both religious and laity, there are several international congregations and associations working in this sector: the Vincentians, Caritas, Sant'Egidio, Camillians, Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God (...), Jesuits, Sisters of Mother Theresa, Bambino Gesů hospital and Catholic pharmacists, just to mention but a few.
The action of the Holy See and of the Catholic Church in this regard is not introspective, but rather, its goal is to strongly promote and strengthen the required sense of ownership and responsibility that each country must develop in each phase of the answer to the pandemic.
Our major programs for training are addressed to health care professionals, priests, religious, youth, families, as well as to the sick people themselves. In prevention, we insist on formation and education toward proper behavior, so as to avoid the pandemic. We find that in the field of education and formation, the contributions of the family prove to be extremely helpful and efficacious.
We do this through publications, conferences and the interpersonal sharing of experiences and skills. As for health care and assistance to the sick, we, among others, stress the formation of physicians and paramedics, of chaplains and volunteers. We fight the stigma, facilitate testing, counseling and reconciliation. We provide anti-retrovirals and drugs to stop the vertical transmission -- mother to child -- and also promote measures to stop the blood contagion.
In the area of caring and accompaniment of the sick, we stress avoiding contagion, taking care of orphans, widows and people with AIDS who are in prison. We are helping with the social reintegration of HIV positive people, and collaborate with governments and other institutions both on the civil and ecumenical levels.
Regarding the economic aspects, the late Pope John Paul II established the Good Samaritan Foundation, to support the neediest people, especially those afflicted with AIDS. To date, we have facilitated the acquisition of anti-retrovirals for centers in 18 countries: 13 in Africa, three in America and two in Asia. The funds given to these centers came from the contributions of Catholics in 19 countries, from America, Asia, Europe and some from Africa itself.
For further information on our work and commitment, we are providing a brief publication to this assembly, which can be found in the places reserved for this purpose in this hall.
Thank you, Mr. President.
[Original in Spanish; translation released by Holy See Mission Office, adapted]
http://www.catholic.org CA, US
Catholic Online - Publisher, 661 869-1000
AIDS, HIV, UN, Barragan, Health, Workers
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 HD Video
- Is evolution a lie? The Tully Monster suggests evoluton took some ...
- 'God gave orders to kill every infidel' - ISIS reveals their favorite ...
- 'I would like to relinquish my U.S. citizenship' - Priest makes ...
- California's floods predicted by scientists, but how? HD Video
- Daily Readings for Wednesday, February 22, 2017
- St. Margaret of Cortona: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, February 22, ...
- Pope Francis tells how to become a saint HD
- Protesters gather to declare allegiance to Islam and hate toward President Trump HD
- Massive storm threatens to flood more than just the Oroville Dam HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.