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Bridget Brown meets with Pope Francis in Vatican City on Oct. 21, 2017.

"The world needs to know that I don’t 'suffer' from Down syndrome"

Oct 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In her own words, Bridget Brown is “a self-advocate, an inclusion advocate, an actress… and a young woman with Down... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Special Olympics athletes at the Vatican, Oct. 13, 2017.

Catechesis must encounter the disabled with love, archbishop says

Oct 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Church must learn “how to encounter disabled people today, how to allow them to have an encounter with Christ... Read more

Pope Francis with a Delegation of Special Olympics International, Feb. 16, 2017.

Excluding people with disabilities makes Church 'incomplete'

Oct 19, 2017

By Elise Harris

A leading expert on faith and disabilities has said that people with disabilities are an essential aspect of the Church's... Read more

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UK slammed for media portrayal of people with disabilities

Sep 19, 2017

A United Nations committee addressing the rights of disabled people has rebuked the U.K. for how people with disabilities are portrayed by... Read more

Waves of Hope surf school.

This surfing school in Chile was created for kids with Down syndrome

Aug 17, 2017

On Sundays, Felipe Pereira is full of enthusiasm. That’s because on Sundays, the 21-year-old goes to Paradise Beach to enjoy... Read more

Don't send a mother who fled drug cartels back to Mexico, archdiocese pleads

Apr 8, 2017

U.S. immigration authorities should show mercy on a detained Catholic mother with a special needs child, who fled Mexico when... Read more

Jose Manuel Roas Trivino and Pablo Roas. Photo courtesy of Jose Manuel Roas Trivino.

The story of a father who runs marathons with his disabled son

Feb 2, 2017

Most fathers like to share their hobbies with their sons. But for José Manuel this proved a challenge – given... Read more

Deacon Tomas Garcia with his wife, Sylvia.

How this new LA deacon will serve Catholics on the margins

Jan 2, 2017

For the estimated 5,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, parish participation can be difficult.  Read more

Assisted Suicide the Musical. Courtesy of Unity Theatre Liverpool.

In new musical, disability rights activist tackles assisted suicide

Nov 27, 2016

Physician-assisted suicide has been a subject of controversy for several years, but Liz Carr is taking the issue somewhere it... Read more

Screenshot. 'Dear Future Mom.'

French court bans TV ad showing happy kids with Down syndrome

Nov 23, 2016

A French court has drawn international backlash for ruling that a popular video showing happy children with Down syndrome was... Read more

DC Mass celebrates gifts of those with disabilities

Nov 22, 2016

The kingship of Christ is lived out through service to those in need, said the homilist at the annual Washington,... Read more

Kara Jackson at at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Northglenn, Colorado on July 1, 2016.

The big mission of a Catholic teen with Down syndrome

Jul 7, 2016

On July 1, Kara Jackson crossed the 40th state off her list.  Read more

Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri annointing the sick celebrating the Year of Mercy for the sick and disabled in Chantaburi diocese, Thailand June 12, 2016.

For Thailand Catholics, God's mercy exceeds limits of illness

Jun 29, 2016

Hundreds of sick and physically challenged people marked the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy in Thailand with a special procession... Read more

Pope Francis embraces an individual with disabilities at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 27, 2016.

Sick, disabled to take on main roles in jubilee Mass at Vatican

Jun 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

The sick and disabled have always held a special place in Pope Francis’ heart, and have been the recipients of... Read more

Florida Department of Corrections execution chamber.

Death penalty under fire as Supreme Court takes disabled man case

Jun 8, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review the death sentence of a man whom lawyers claim is intellectually disabled,... Read more

Leprosy Conference Presentation at the Vatican.

Leprosy is still a problem...and these religious leaders are working to fight it

Jun 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

While many in the developed world might consider leprosy a thing of the biblical past, the illness – officially called... Read more

How to put lipstick on assisted suicide

Jun 3, 2016

By now, everyone's probably seen the ads on YouTube touting the “romantic comedy of the year.” A young, shapely woman... Read more

Pope Francis waves at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 11, 2015.

Pope Francis embraces child writer in a wheelchair

Jun 2, 2016

Thirteen-year-old Veronica Cantero Burroni fulfilled a dream on Wednesday, when she got to see Pope Francis, who offered her a... Read more

Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

May 4, 2016

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

Majority in Brazil reject abortion for babies with microcephaly

Mar 4, 2016

The majority of Brazilians are opposed to abortion in cases where the baby exhibits microcephaly, a new survey finds.  Read more