Laffitte, who is vice-president of the Pontifical Academy for Life will
preside at the annual liturgy, held each year on the anniversary of his
April 3rd death. It is being organized by the Jerome-Lejeune
Lejeune has been hailed as the father of modern genetics and, according
to Jean-Marie Le Méné, Président of the Lejeune Fondation, is known as
a world-renown scientific who profoundly shaped humanity by his
personal engagement at the service of mankind.
Since his death
in 1994, he has inspired many vocations of Christian doctors and
scientific researchers. Pope John Paul II spoke of the “truly
shining testimony of his life as a man and as a Christian.”
“His example”, added Le Mene, “should still be compelling and in his following, many young people join him as servants of Life.”
In the same year
as his death, LeJeune was appointed head of the Pontifical Science
Academy, of which he had been a member since 1974.
Since 1994, the Jerome LeJeune Foundation has been dedicated to perpetuating his work in all its dimensions.
Its three main
aspects are research, healing and the defense of human life. “Trying to
heal without defending life and without research would be betraying;
researching without defending and healing would be failing,” stressed
is a primary source of funds in the research of Downs Syndrome and
currently funds more than 100 programs on genetic diseases throughout
Officials have announced that a Mass for life will to be celebrated in
Paris next month in honor of renown Christian scientist and professor,