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Bishop: No HIV Test, No Wedding
 
CAPA 040525-3
May 25, 2004

[CAPA - Nigeria] Couples seeking to be joined in holy wedlock in the Anglican Diocese of Osun in Nigeria's Osun State will have to produce their HIV/AIDS test results to be qualified.

The Bishop of the Diocese, Rt Rev James Popoola, stated this at the end of the Sixth Synod of the Diocese held at the Cathedral of All Saints, Osogbo, recently.

He noted that the Anglican Communion was seriously concerned about the rate at which the AIDS scourge was spreading, adding that the Synod took the decision with the aim of ensuring that all members of the church, particularly new couples remained faithful in their marriage.

"Fornication of whatever ramification or guise should be abhorred by all Christians and churches," said the prelate.

He advised that young people should learn to preserve themselves and reserve sexual intercourse only for matrimony.

"The Synod objected to the obnoxious traditional widowhood practices which are prevalent in our society, such as forceful marriage of the widow to a sibling of the deceased", he said.

He added that the church should preach total abstinence from immorality, adding that condoms should not be recommended for all singles and to married Christians. (Source: AllAfrica/ PM news)