On his return trip Monday to Rome from visiting Africa, Pope Francis was asked whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS.

The Roman Catholic Church has faced criticism for its opposition to condoms.

During a visit to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI, Francis' predecessor, said that condoms could actually make the AIDS epidemic worse.

The disease has ravaged Kenya and Uganda, two of the nations the pope visited.

The question about the church's position on condoms was presented during Francis' in-flight press conference, the AP reported. He dismissed the question, saying that there are more pressing issues confronting humanity.

“I don't like getting into questions or reflections that are so technical when people die because they don't have water or food or housing,” Francis said.

In Uganda, Pope Francis visited with HIV-infected children and kissed each one.