Skip to comments.Monstrance presented as prize for best costume at Viennese (AIDS Benefit) Ball
Posted on 05/29/2012 3:20:55 PM PDT by NYer
For the record this is an AIDS Benefit Ball promoted by among others UNAIDS- see their full press release below. Cathcon has every sympathy with combating AIDS and know of the magnificent work done by the Knights of Malta, especially in South Africa, but how do they think their cause is served by insulting the faith of every right believing Catholic in the entire world that just beggars belief. Will the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna speak up in protest? - I doubt it.
21 May 2012
This year’s Life Ball was held under the theme “Fight the Flames of Ignorance”.
The AIDS Solidarity Gala, a high-level dinner preceding the Life Ball opening ceremony, was organized under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Austria Heinz Fischer and co-hosted by UNAIDS for the second consecutive year. Former United States President Bill Clinton, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Management and External Relations Jan Beagle, amfAR spokesperson Milla Jovovich, actor Sean Penn and art collector Francesca Habsburg also participated in the event.
The epidemic is still a magnifier for social injustice. Stigma and discrimination, criminalization of HIV, gender inequity and numerous forms of human rights violations continue to fuel new HIV infections and block people from accessing lifesaving treatment
In her opening remarks Ms Beagle noted that, despite progress made in the global AIDS response, the AIDS epidemic is not over. “The epidemic is still a magnifier for social injustice. Stigma and discrimination, criminalization of HIV, gender inequity and numerous forms of human rights violations continue to fuel new HIV infections and block people from accessing lifesaving treatment,” said Ms Beagle.
President Clinton noted in his statement that "The UN has a goal of making sure children are born free of HIV in the first place. Resources raised at the Gala for the Clinton Foundation will be used in Zambia and Uganda to prevent mothers to pass HIV to their children."
Nearly 40 000 people and famous celebrities have come out in support of the AIDS response at this year’s Life Ball. The charity event, organized by AIDS LIFE, raised over US$ 2,3 million last year for AIDS programmes worldwide through partnerships with amfAR, the William J. Clinton Foundation, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, and UNAIDS.
Video at above link.
Normally, I’d wonder if this wasn’t just an abstract award design and the similarity was coincidental, but knowing the perverse mentalities at work here, I don’t think that is likely.
Monstrance comes from the word latin verb “monstrare” to show like in “demonstrate.” Since it holds the Holy Eucharist, it is often made of precious metal and is depicted in an art form that shows the brilliant radiance of the sun’s rays.