Politically-minded rocker Bono has saluted Christians for their work in the fight against AIDS.

Despite his noted left-wing leanings, the ELEVATION singer admits the church is on his side in this case, and has done its bit in trying to combat the disease in Africa.

He says, "I didn't have a very good impression of the church. I'm glad to say I was wrong, particularly about evangelicals, who had seemed very judgmental to me over the years, but turned out to be incredibly generous in their time and their support."

But, he adds, his association with God-fearing Americans is a problem in his religious home country of Ireland - it's has "ruined things for me in Dublin. People are saying, why aren't I at Mass? It's a b****".

08/07/2003 20:57