Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) Media Statement

Pretoria, IMMEDIATE, 20 January 2005

The Catholic Church in Southern Africa confronts the Stigma of HIV

Assembled on the occasion of their plenary session, the Catholic Bishops of South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland, will celebrate the Eucharist on 30 January 2005 at Regina Mundi (Soweto) with people infected and affected by HIV. The Bishops, who are heading 29 dioceses in Southern Africa, will anoint and pray for a representative number of HIV positive people, and bless a group of caregivers.

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