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Pope Francis meets with the Seraphic Institute of Assisi on Dec. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis: The value of a person is not determined by ability

Dec 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In a meeting with disabled children and their caregivers at the Vatican, Pope Francis said that if disability or illness... Read more

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A girl asked an archbishop why God allows disabilities. Here’s his response.

Oct 3, 2021

By Katie Yoder

A Kentucky archbishop still remembers when a little, 6-year-old girl asked him, “Why was my brother born with autism?” Read more

Paralympics Games 2016, basketball, USA vs. Turkey

How Paralympics prime time coverage can help ‘normalize’ persons with disabilities

Aug 30, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A Catholic disability advocate praised an increase of television and media coverage for this year’s Paralympic Games, saying it will... Read more

Catholic doctor calls for independent inquiry into DNR notices for COVID-19 patients with learning disabilities

Feb 14, 2021

A Catholic doctor called on Sunday for an independent inquiry into reports that COVID-19 patients with learning disabilities have been... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on Oct. 19, 2014.

Pope Francis: Disabled people must have access to the sacraments, Catholic parish life

Dec 3, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

People with disabilities must have access to the sacraments, and as missionary disciples, the ability to be full and active... Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice, London. Editorial

UK court order requiring contraceptive device for disabled woman is ‘deeply problematic’, says bioethicist

Apr 23, 2020

A British judge’s order requiring a contraceptive device be implanted in a woman with learning disabilities against her will is... Read more

Pope Francis with Peter Lombardi at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 28, 2018.

‘Heart of hospitality’ best way for Catholic parishes to serve the disabled

Mar 5, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

How can parishes be welcoming to people with disabilities, and form them in the Catholic faith?  Read more

Tim Tebow and a guest at Rome's Night to Shine, Feb. 4. 2020.

At 'Night to Shine,' Tim Tebow brings the prom to Rome

Feb 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

What most Italians know about proms, they learned from watching American sitcoms or dubbed-over versions of 90210. The "prom" is... Read more

Pope Francis with Peter Lombardi at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 28, 2018.

Pope Francis: Disabled people are not in humanity's minor 'leagues'

Dec 3, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Tuesday that disabled people make important contributions to humanity, and called discrimination against them a sin. The... Read more

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Legal assisted suicide puts people with disabilities at risk, report finds

Oct 16, 2019

Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the... Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice, London.

Disabled woman who narrowly avoided forced abortion to get forced contraception

Oct 10, 2019

A judge in England has decided that a disabled woman who is pregnant will be fitted with a contraceptive device... Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice, London. Editorial

UK court orders forced abortion for disabled woman

Jun 21, 2019

A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a... Read more

Kelly, Tony, Fulton, and Teddy Mantoan. Courtesy photo.

How this mom of disabled children is helping others to 'accept the gift'

May 25, 2019

By Jenny Uebbing

How one mom launched a conference for the parents of children with special needs  Read more

An unborn baby at 20 weeks.

Abortion rights advocates to challenge pro-life bills in Kentucky

Mar 16, 2019

The Kentucky legislature passed two pro-life bills this week, which are expected to be signed by the governor. The bills,... Read more

UK doctors perform prenatal surgery on child with a birth defect

Feb 14, 2019

Doctors in the United Kingdom performed surgery Jan. 8 on an unborn baby, before successfully returning the child to her... Read more

Pro-life, disability groups support Indiana abortion law at SCOTUS

Nov 30, 2018

Nineteen states and numerous pro-life and disability groups have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an Indiana law prohibiting... Read more

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017.

US bishops to honor three people with 'People of Life' award

Jul 28, 2018

More than 100 Catholics will attend the 2018 People of Life awards next week to honor three pro-life individuals for... Read more

New York assisted suicide bill draws fire from disability rights group

Apr 24, 2018

Disability rights activists are speaking out in opposition to a proposal in New York that would legalize physician assisted suicide.  Read more

Polish bishops applaud bill to ban abortions based on disability

Mar 20, 2018

As pro-life legislation moves forward in Poland, the nation’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference applauded the measure, stressing that every human person... Read more

A model poses at a fashion show featuring models with disabilities held Dec. 8 in New York City

Youth with special needs rock runway in NYC church

Dec 12, 2017

Last Friday night, more than 200 people gathered for a Times Square fashion show in New York City.  It wasn't... Read more