The experience of African women theologians has been a crucial element in helping faith communities respond to the challenge of HIV and AIDS in Africa, says the coordinator of an ecumenical network on the pandemic on the continent. Stephen Brown writes on the challenge from the recent the International AIDS Conference.
Britain's last remaining mission hospital - where the UK's first AIDS victims were cared for and where Princess Diana famously shook hands with a patient at the height of the frenzy of fear around the illness, is to be knocked down.
When London Mayor Boris Johnson joined in a carol service last week at the ultra-conservative church Jesus House, he could be sure of one thing: that whatever the reaction, the media would not give him nearly as hard a time as if he had associated himself with a group of fundamentalist Muslims.
Governments, donors and the international community must do more to ensure that every HIV positive pregnant woman has access to high quality Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) services.
Faith leaders "should shout from the rooftops that AIDS is not a punishment from God but a medical condition which is preventable", the former leader of South Africa's Anglican church, Archbishop Njongo Ndungane, has declared.