On December 1, let us join the Holy Father in praying for the millions who have died of AIDS, for the millions who continue to suffer from this disease and for all those who work to assist the sick and the dying.
Pope Benedict XVI offered his support to the fight against AIDS, and his special encouragement to Church missions in the field, as he looked forward to the observance of World AIDS Day on December 1.
At his regular weekly audience on November 28 the Pontiff called attention to the UN’s observance of World AIDS Day, and reminded his audience of the “millions of death and tragic human suffering” caused by the disease. He made a special note that many children contract the deadly virus from their mothers, although there are treatments available to prevent that transmission.
Pope Benedict concluded his statement by expressing his support for Catholic agencies working with AIDS victims, and “the many initiatives that, within the scope of the ecclesial mission, have been taken in order to eradicate this scourge.”