Patriarch Highlights Role of Religious Leaders in HIV-Control

SHIRE, Nov. 27 (WIC) His Holiness, the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, said a more vivid role was expected from religious leaders in the fight against the spread of AIDS.

His Holiness, Abune Paulos told a gathering of 15,000 residents of Adwa town yesterday that church leaders and religious fathers must educate and raise the awareness of the people on the threat of AIDS to the lives of present and future generations.

The Patriarch who said, we should not let AIDS knock at our doors, called on all sections of the society to mobilize themselves in the fight against the spread of the disease.

Haji Mohammed Ibrahim Islamic affairs representative of Adwa town noted that the Holy Koran prohibits indulgence in uncontrolled sex and called on the Muslim community to live up to the Koranic teachings.

Religious leaders, civil servants youth from the Sunday school and other residents of the town attended the open-air anti-aid educational gathering.