No one is invisible in God's eyes: Archbishop's blog on World AIDS Day
Monday 2nd December 2013The Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on recent progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the challenges that remain
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Churches have a ‘vital’ role to play in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in a blog reflecting on World AIDS Day yesterday.
Archbishop Justin Welby said it was encouraging to hear how much has been achieved in the global response to HIV/AIDS – yet ‘sobering to see what challenges remain’ – when he met recently with the Archbishops of Africa and Burundi, and UNAIDS’s executive director, Michael Sidibé.
‘What emerged from our conversation was a clear sense that churches and other faith groups have a vital role to play in breaking the silence around HIV and sexual violence, in challenging stigma and discrimination, and in joining forces with governments and other sectors of society to achieve a world free from the suffering created by HIV,’ he said.
In his blog the Archbishop highlights three ‘vital’ aspects of the fights against HIV/AIDS: the importance of equal access to treatment; the danger posed by gender-based sexual violence; and the need to ensure that no groups, including LGBT groups, are barred from accessing treatment.
‘In God's eyes no one is invisible - so no one should be left behind in the response to HIV/AIDS. I pray for a time when we will no longer need a World AIDS Day, except as an act of faithful and loving remembrance,’ he said.