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The nuns were photographed in advertising condoms

August 27 2005

In Taiwan, partly phased advertising campaign against AIDS, which used a poster that caused the outrage of local Catholics, according to Reuters. It was a picture of a smiling nun holding the condom with both hands. The inscription on the poster reads: "Although he did not need me, even I know (how to use it)." This poster has been removed from all condom vending machines located in hospitals, subways and streets.

Advertising agencies, as noted by local media, had planned to use someone with a "positive image" for AIDS. However, Catholics say that the nuns take a vow of poverty, obedience and chastity is not to promote condoms, and the Vatican considers the use of any forms of contraception a sin. "As a nun, I can not agree with this way of advertising. For us, this is a serious offense," - commented on the campaign spokeswoman of the Catholic Church.

Meanwhile, Catholics are a minority in Taiwan, says Reuters - of the 23 million inhabitants of the island of their number reaches 300 thousand people.

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