The Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal is making HIV/AIDS the focus of a Lent project The Body of Christ Has AIDS! in 2008.
This will be launched in Armagh and Dublin on the Feast of the Epiphany, Sunday January 6.
According to the United Nations, the number of people living with HIV and AIDS is increasing in most parts of the world. HIV is Africa’s biggest killer – Africa has 10 per cent of the world’s population and is home to 70 per cent of those infected with HIV. Africa may have as many as fifteen million AIDS orphans.
It is vital churches and people of faith play a pastoral and prophetic role to overcome stigma and discrimination, to care for body and spirit, and to advocate for universal treatment and effective forms of prevention. Support for Bishops’ Appeal’s campaign will contribute to turning the tide for some of the worst affected communities in the world.
The Armagh launch will take place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the 11am Sung Eucharist. The Dublin launch will take place at St George and St Thomas’s Church, Cathal Brugha Street at 3 p.m.
Full details of this Bishop’s Appeal project can be downloaded here.