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Pope stance helps Africa AIDS relief

Pope Benedict’s qualified backing of condom use to help prevent AIDS marks a small breakthrough for efforts to fight the scourge in Africa, giving health workers and clergy more scope to broach a still-taboo subject.

DAKAR – Pope Benedict’s qualified backing of condom use to help prevent AIDS marks a small breakthrough for efforts to fight the scourge in Africa, giving health workers and clergy more scope to broach a still-taboo subject.

Senior Catholics will watch closely how the pope’s comments go down in Africa, where the church is growing faster than on any other continent and where there is frequent speculation the next pontiff could be black.

 
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