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Births of babies with Down syndrome in Europe fall sharply amid increased prenatal testing

Jan 5, 2021

The number of babies with Down syndrome who were born in Europe fell by half between 2011 and 2015— confirming... 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

A religious sister and residents of the Carmelite Ministry of St. Teresa wrap gifts for veterans. Courtesy photo.

'They inspire us every day': Carmelite sisters serve women with disabilities in new home

Oct 5, 2020

By Mary Farrow

When asked what life is like in a new home for women with intellectual disabilities, run by the Carmelite sisters... Read more

The house for Adaoma Aniwetalu provided by Archbishop Okeke.

Nigerian archbishop builds house for physically challenged girl

Sep 10, 2020

Archbishop Valerian Okeke of Onitsha on Tuesday blessed and handed over a house he helped build and furnish for Adaoma... Read more

The flag of Guernsey.

Guernsey approves law expanding abortion access

Jun 25, 2020

The parliament of the Channel Island of Guernsey voted Wednesday to approve a bill expanding abortion time limits, and removing... Read more

Guernsey legislature rejects efforts to prevent disability discrimination in abortion

Jun 23, 2020

Several amendments which sought to reduce the proposed time limit on abortions or to maintain limits on the abortion of... Read more

Sr. Rose Catherine Wakibiru, administrator of Limuru Cheshire Home in Nairobi. Courtesy photo.

This Kenyan nun runs a program for girls with disabilities

May 3, 2020

At a one-room house outside Nairobi, a 23-year-old girl with disabilities claps her hands and throws herself at Sr. Rose... 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

Bishop James Wall of Gallup greets parishioners after Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Gallup.

Bishop Wall: Pope Francis 'passionate about life' from conception to natural death

Feb 20, 2020

By Mary Farrow

After visiting with Pope Francis for two and a half hours during his region’s ad limina visit, Bishop James Wall... Read more

Dr. Gertrude Barber. Courtesy photo.

Erie diocese opens sainthood cause of lay educator, advocate for those with disabilities

Dec 20, 2019

By Mary Farrow

When Dr. Gertrude Barber became the assistant superintendent of the Erie School District in Pennsylvania, the standard practice for educating... Read more

Jan Benton.

Meet Jan Benton - leading the charge for inclusion of Catholics with disabilities

Oct 30, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

When Janice Benton was attending college in Michigan, she answered an ad in her parish bulletin that was seeking someone... 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

Mother Teresa.

From inspiration to adoption: A story of working with Mother Teresa

Sep 5, 2019

More than 20 years ago, Ann Pollak traveled to Calcutta, hoping to volunteer alongside Mother Teresa. The experience would spark... Read more

A girl with Down syndrome.

Mother sues over missed Down syndrome diagnosis, says she would have aborted

Jul 9, 2019

The mother of a 4 year-old with Down syndrome is suing the National Health Service of the United Kingdom for... Read more

After forced abortion threat, disability advocate says support is key to fight eugenics

Jun 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In the face of an increasingly ‘eugenic’ mentality toward people with disabilities in Europe -- exemplified in the recent overturned... Read more

Canadian disability groups: 'Frightening implications' to expanding assisted suicide

Jan 10, 2019

By Mary Farrow

While many disability groups fought the initial push to legalize assisted suicide in Canada three years ago, they are having... Read more

How can parishes be more welcoming to those with disabilities?

Aug 3, 2018

By Perry West

A Disability Awareness Conference in Saginaw, Michigan this week encouraged parishes to create an inclusive and accessible environment for those... Read more


Mass in sign language? These Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Apr 20, 2018

In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we... Read more

Ohio AG will appeal to maintain law banning Down syndrome abortions

Mar 16, 2018

By Perry West

A federal judge has blocked a law from taking effect next week which bans abortions after a prenatal diagnosis of... Read more

Utah, Pennsylvania consider banning Down syndrome abortions

Mar 9, 2018

The states of Utah and Pennsylvania are considering legislation that would ban abortions solely due to a prenatal Down syndrome... Read more