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Caption: Participants in a memorial Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Melbourne, Australia, July 20 remembered the AIDS scientists and others who lost their lives in the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine. The AIDS workers were on their way to Australia for the 20th International AIDS Conference. (CNS/Paul Jeffrey)
Participants in a memorial Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Melbourne, Australia, July 20 remembered the AIDS scientists and others who lost their lives in the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine. The AIDS workers were on their way to Australia for the 20th International AIDS Conference. (CNS/Paul Jeffrey)
At AIDS conference, Catholics worry about reduced funding for programs

By Paul Jeffrey
Catholic News Service

MELBOURNE, Australia (CNS) -- Catholics gathered for the 20th International AIDS Conference worry that medical advances against the HIV pandemic are leading to decreased attention and less funding for the struggle against the deadly virus.

"AIDS is not a designer charity anymore," said Maryknoll Father Rick Bauer, a Namibia-based U.S. missionary from the United States who heads the international Catholic HIV and AIDS Network. "People in the airport ask me what my red ribbon means. Fifteen years ago, everyone knew what it symbolized. Now it's different. The media has dropped us.
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Caption: An Iraqi man carrying a cross and a Quran attends Mass at Mar Girgis Church in Baghdad July 20. Pope Francis called for prayers, dialogue, and peace as the last Iraqi Christians flee the Iraqi city of Mosul. (CNS/Reuters)
An Iraqi man carrying a cross and a Quran attends Mass at Mar Girgis Church in Baghdad July 20. Pope Francis called for prayers, dialogue, and peace as the last Iraqi Christians flee the Iraqi city of Mosul. (CNS/Reuters)
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-- The Synod of Bishops general secretariat publishes the working paper for the October 2014 synod on the family. Titled "The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization," the 24,600-word text paper summarizes responses the secretariat received from around the world to a series of questions on marriage and family life.


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