Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 20, 2005 / 22:00 pm
The Bishops Conference of Mexico has begun an AIDS awareness campaign this week to reach out to those suffering from the disease. According to the Secretary General of the Conference, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Texcoco, the campaign is in response to “the call by the Holy See to deal with this virus throughout the world.”
The campaign will include a national collection to be taken up on February 13 and which will be sent to the Central African Republic to help those suffering from AIDS.
The bishops also hope the campaign will raise awareness about HIV and AIDS as well as provide an opportunity for new strategies in dealing with the epidemic to be developed. They also hope it will help diminish the discrimination and stigmatization which AIDS sufferers endure.
“People with AIDS are not strangers or unknown, nor should they be the object of a mix of pity and repulsion. We should be aware of them, as individuals, and as a community we should treat them with unconditional love.”