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May 26, 1999

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ASKS FAITHFUL
TO MARK AIDS AWARENESS DAY


CATHOLICS ASKED TO MAKE ACT OF PENITENCE

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Department for AIDS Ministry is inviting Catholics and all people of good will to refrain from smoking, or another similar act of penitence, on Friday, June 4, 1999. This act of penitence is defined as an act of self-denial to atone for personal sin, and is designed to show support for people impacted by HIV and AIDS.

The initiative sponsored by the Department for AIDS Ministry is in response to the request of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health-Care Workers. People are asked to donate the amount of money saved by this sacrifice to fight HIV/AIDS. Contributions may be made to the organization of the person's choice.

People wishing to take part are also asked to pray for the many individuals and families suffering because of HIV and AIDS.

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