Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of December 18, 2006
Vatican Christmas appeal saves those with HIV/AIDS
Foundation sends free medicine to the world's poorest
By CAROL GLATZ
"There are many people abandoned and without anyone to help them."
- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan
The cardinal said people's contributions have borne immediate fruit in saving lives.
He said one Catholic health clinic in Ghana had been seeing 22 of its patients die from AIDS every month, but after it started receiving funding and was able to buy antiretroviral drugs, the number of patients dying decreased to two per month.
"Thanks to the help of many good people we were able to save 20 people each month," said the cardinal.
Canadians can donate by bank transfer through the Bank of Montreal International Operations, P.O. Box 211, 68 Beauce B Mart, Place Bonaventura, Montreal, Quebec H5A 1A9.
The Bank of Montreal requires the following information: Swift Code BOFMCAM2; account number 3169-1038834.
The donation should be then routed to Istituto per le opere di religione, Swift Code IOPRVAVX, Good Samaritan Foundation, account number 14825-007.
Contributions also can be made by international cheque made out to Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Good Samaritan Foundation, Vatican City.
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