BENEDICT XVI: MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2009 (2)

The Pope is also worried about "pandemic diseases" (malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS) especially because countries which are affected by them "are blackmailed by those who provide economic assistance in exchange for the implementation of anti-life politics." To fight AIDS, said Benedict XVI, we first need to deal with "moral problems which are linked to the spreading of the virus" and to teach "a sexuality which is totally respectful of the dignity of the person especially to young people;" we also need to "provide poor people with the medicines and the treatments they need," to promote medical research and "therapeutic innovations." The Pope also focuses on the children’s poverty "half of those who are living in absolute poverty," and highlights the importance of "defending the family" and its stability because "when the family weakens, this has bad effects on children. If the dignity of a woman and of a mother is not protected, children will pay for the effects." "Another worrisome factor" the message reads "is the high world military spending." According to the Pontiff, "these resources are actually withdrawn from development projects that could benefit poor people, especially those who are most in need." (continued)

© Riproduzione Riservata

Quotidiano

Quotidiano - Italiano

Informativa sulla Privacy