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    Sunday, April 23, 2006

    Some movement on AIDS and Condoms specifically within marriage?


    Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, the head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, declined to reveal the contents of the document in an interview published in Sunday's la Repubblica newspaper, but said Pope Benedict had asked his department to study the issue.

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    The former archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who was standard bearer for a moderate minority in the conclave that elected the Pope last year, called for a reform in an interview published in Italy on Friday.

    The Vatican opposes condoms as a form of contraception, but several cardinals have said in recent years that using them is a lesser evil if the alternative is infection with AIDS.

    "This is a very difficult and delicate subject that requires prudence," said Mexican-born Barragan.

    "My department is studying this closely with scientists and theologians expressly assigned to draft a document that will be issued soon," he said.

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