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SOUTH AFRICA: Catholic leader urged to review condom stance

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JOHANNESBURG, 20 April (PLUSNEWS) - South Africa's Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged the newly elected Catholic pontiff to reconsider the Church's stance on condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Tutu admitted he had been "hoping against hope" that the Vatican would elect its first African pope in 1,500 years.

"Of course it would be wonderful to have a black African, but that is just a dramatic way of saying that the church ought to be hearing from those parts where [Catholicism] has been growing very significantly - faster than it has been happening elsewhere in the world," he commented.

The developing world is home to two-thirds of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics, and Tutu said he hoped the new pope would address "the whole question of disease - AIDS particularly".



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