ROME — The United States has stopped funding AIDS-relief programs in South Africa organized by the Catholic Church, handing the money instead over to the country’s government.
“We have a problem because the American funding, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, is coming to an end,” Benedictine monk Father Gerhard Lagleder told Vatican Radio.
“I am in Europe today to beg,” added the monk, who has been a missionary in South Africa for 26 years.
“I always say jokingly that the Benedictines are not a mendicant order [relying on donations], but I have become a beggar because it is about saving lives,” he said during the July 16 interview.
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