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Giulia Cirillo gives Pope Francis a report from Catholics with disabilities on Sept. 21, 2022.

‘Full members of the Church’: Catholics with disabilities contribute to Synod on Synodality

Sep 21, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholics with disabilities delivered to Pope Francis on Wednesday a report they prepared for the Synod on Synodality. Read more

Pope Francis met with the Italian Autism Foundation in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on April 1, 2022.

Pope Francis advocates for inclusion of people with disabilities in society

Apr 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope underlined that the Church in particular is called to help those with disabilities to “make their voices heard.” Read more

The Court of Appeal is located at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, England.

Appeals court to hear challenge to UK Down syndrome abortion law

Mar 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The High Court in London rejected the case last year. Read more

Pope Francis met with members of Voir Ensemble, a Christian movement of blind and visually impaired people on Feb. 19, 2022.

Pope Francis meets Christian movement of blind and visually impaired people

Feb 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The French association, Voir Ensemble (Seeing Together), was founded in 1927 by Father Yves Mollat, a blind Jesuit priest. Read more

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

Heidi Crowter speaks outside the High Court in London England, July 6, 2021.

Court rejects challenge to UK’s Down syndrome abortion law

Sep 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

In its Sept. 23 ruling, the court declared that a law allowing abortion up to birth for disability was not... Read more

A volunteer at Caritas St. Joseph in Hendon, north London, on March 16, 2012.

‘A really joyful journey’: Preparing people with intellectual disabilities to receive the sacraments

Nov 14, 2020

As book titles go, the “Directory for Catechesis” is hardly the catchiest. But this volume could potentially transform the lives... Read more

Full US appeals court considers Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban

Mar 12, 2020

The full Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 11 heard arguments over an Ohio law that prohibits abortions... Read more

Mississippi bill would ban abortions on basis of sex, race, genetic abnormality

Mar 5, 2020

A bill has been introduced in the Mississippi legislature to prohibit abortions being performed because of race, sex, or genetic... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

French court orders severely disabled man be disconnected from food, water

Jun 28, 2019

The highest civil court in France has ordered that food and water may be removed from a severely disabled man,... Read more

Pope Francis greets disabled people outside the Assistance Center of St. Camillius in Georgia Oct. 1, 2016.

Disabled youth perform special dance for Pope Francis in Georgia

Oct 1, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis was treated to a special presentation Saturday when young people, including several disabled youth in wheelchairs, performed traditional... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square, June 12, 2016.

Pope: Disabled persons should be loved, not hidden from society

Jun 12, 2016

By Ann Schneible

On Sunday, Pope Francis denounced the increasingly prevalent mentality which claims that sick and disabled persons cannot be happy, and... Read more

Boy with Down syndrome in a classroom.

Study urges education about Down syndrome, to further acceptance

Jul 8, 2014

A new study examines society’s response to Down syndrome and offers recommendations, particularly education in the medical field, to improve... Read more