A Statement from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich:
"HIV/AIDS continues to be a threat to all people and a challenge to those of us called to serve our brothers and sisters. The pandemic exists on every continent and touches people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic levels, races and religions. Despite the best efforts of the world’s scientists, there is still no cure or preventive vaccine. Ironically, more effective treatments have reduced public concern, contributing to a rise in US cases, especially among 14-25 year olds too young to have witnessed the devastating early days of the epidemic.
In the spirit of Pope Francis, we must reach out to these and all suffering, ministering to both their physical and spiritual needs. For decades, Catholic Charities has been a key party to the Catholic Ministry to persons of any faith tradition living with HIV/AIDS in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and their families and loved ones. I ask that you support their efforts and pray for those working to prevent and cure HIV/AIDS and for the caregivers of those living with the disease. Please also hold the members of our human family throughout the world living with and affected by the disease in your hearts and prayers."
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago
A Statement from Rev. Msgr. Michael M. Boland, Administrator, President and CEO of Catholic Charities:
"Preventing HIV/AIDS is a challenge that we cannot ignore, as there is no cure, no vaccine to prevent it and it will simply not go away. It is therefore crucial to educate ourselves and others about HIV/AIDS, as understanding these can help us to respond with intelligence and compassion to our brothers and sisters infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS and help to eradicate the hurtful stigma and humiliating discrimination which continue to accompany the disease. I invite you to browse our HIV/AIDS Services and Ministry page."