NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – Pope Francis has called on the Church to adequately prepare young couples for marriage.
Speaking in Uganda which was badly ravaged by AIDS in the 80s, Pope Francis advocated for fidelity in marriage two days to World AIDS Day.
“May the Church in this country continue, especially through its parish communities, to assist young couples to prepare for marriage, to encourage couples to live the marital bond in love and fidelity,” he said during a mass in Namugongo.
The ABC’s of AIDS prevention being A for Abstinence, B for Be faithful and C for Condoms; the Catholic church only advocates for the first two.
During his time in Africa, the Pope has come out strongly in defence of the family unit and the larger family of Christ whose values, he’s said, are endangered by the pursuit of earthly possessions.
“This is especially important today for we are seeing the growth of new deserts created by a culture of materialism and indifference to others,” he said while in Kenya.
Possessions which, he continued to preach in Uganda, “do not bring lasting joy or peace. Rather, fidelity to God, honesty and integrity of life, and genuine concern for the good of others bring us that peace which the world cannot give.”
He’s also spoken out against abortion describing the unborn, during his Homily at the University of Nairobi, as, “a blessing for our world.”
In Uganda he continued to advocate for the larger family of Christ by making the case for a just society in which the innate dignity of the less fortunate is acknowledged.
He also took the message of conservation with him to Uganda where he lobbied for a concerted effort to, “protect the wonders of nature… our common home.”
Pope Francis defended the sanctity of marriage during a mass at the National Sanctuary of the Ugandan Martyrs at Namugongo.
The Shrine commemorates the martyrdom of 22 young Catholic converts during an anti-Christian persecution that took place under Mwanga II, the king of Buganda.