Catholic Church and disability

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The state capitol building of New Hampshire  in Concord, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire legislators reconsider ‘medical aid in dying’ legislation

Mar 28, 2024

By Matthew Balan

The New Hampshire House of Representatives is poised to reconsider its narrow passage of a bill that would legalize assisted... Read more

Young boy reads from Renewed book series by Ascension Press

This Catholic group supports church leaders, parents to catechize children with disabilities

May 20, 2023

By Zoe Romanowsky

As autism rates continue to increase, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability seeks to support Catholic leaders, catechists, publishers, and... Read more

Pope Francis smiles during a meeting on April 29, 2023, with children and adults who are visually impaired and have other disabilities at a Catholic institute in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann.

Pope Francis visits with children in Budapest with visual impairments

Apr 29, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

At the end of the visit, the children and residents presented the pope with a handmade gift. Read more

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

People from more than 20 countries take part in a video call hosted by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life on May 19, 2022.

Vatican hosts synod listening session with disabled Catholics

May 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘I’m in debt to people with disabilities,’ said Cardinal Grech. ‘One of them led me on the path of a... 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

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

Pope Francis embraces a man in a wheelchair at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 10, 2015.

Pope Francis to disabled people: The Church needs you

Nov 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope issued a message marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Read more

Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S.; Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Perez; Msgr. Gerald Mesure, archdiocesan chancellor; and Father Sean Bransfield, vice chancellor, hold the official documents for the canonization cause of Father Bill Atkinson during the closing ceremony on Oct. 19, 2021.

Father Bill Atkinson canonization cause completes first phase, moves onto Rome

Oct 22, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Father Bill Atkinson, an Augustinian priest from Philadelphia who died in 2006, is one step closer in the cause for... Read more