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13.05.05 02:18 Age: 7 yrs

AIDS crisis in Africa pushes Christians to debate new outlooks for faith

AGIOS ANDREAS, Greece — A pastor in Lesotho urges his congregation to get tested for HIV infection. A Nigerian activist has counseled Roman Catholic priests with AIDS. An Anglican minister who is HIV positive speaks of how the pandemic in Africa might help reclaim Christianity's spirit of compassion.

Stories emerging at a global conference on Christian mission highlight a critical intersection of faith and crisis: the ravages of AIDS in Africa and how it might reshape religious views and practices on the continent where Christianity is growing fastest. (...)