Pope's condom comments clarified

The Pope's recent comments regarding the use of condoms have been clarified by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

This is following what was said to be confusion over the head of the Catholic Church's meaning when he said the contraceptive's use could be justified in some cases.

According to the CDF, the remarks that were published in the book Light of the World did not encompass married couples.

It was suggested that the Pope was not implying that condoms can be used as a way to prevent pregnancy, but merely to reduce the spread of HIV.

The statement outlined that the religious leader was attempting to say that, while he does not condone selling sex for money, "those involved in prostitution who are HIV positive and who seek to diminish the risk of contagion by the use of a condom may be taking the first step in respecting the life of another".

Following the initial revelation that the Pope had appeared to approve of condom use, the French president's wife Carla Bruni expressed her thanks that the Catholic leader had taken a positive stance on use of the contraceptive.