Posts Tagged ‘Downs Syndrome’

Down syndrome triathlete tells UN that faith inspires him

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023
Catholic triathlete

Just before his first speaking engagement at the UN, a young Catholic triathlete spoke to a television news outlet about his faith. “I am Gabriel, God’s messenger,” 22-year old Gabriel Cobb told OSV News. Cobb, pictured with his parents just before going into the UN New York conference hall added: “My faith is the most Read more

‘Saintly’ Lejeune served Downs people, life, love and truth

Monday, November 1st, 2021
Daily Mail

Jérôme Lejeune – who dedicated his “scientific genius” to serving children with Down syndrome and their families, was a servant of life, love and truth, says Aude Dugast. He was like “a fourth Wise Man,” offering his gifts of intelligence and medical and scientific know-how to a vulnerable child who “was waiting for him,” she Read more

Narrow squeak – last minute extreme abortion law amendments withdrawn

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are relieved two extreme abortion bills were withdrawn the day they were to be put to the vote in parliament. The bills were included in the UK Government’s flagship Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. If passed in a vote on Monday this week, the proposed New Clause 55 Read more

Mother of man with Down syndrome wants prenatal testing banned

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Bill Gavin, 24, lives a simple, yet fulfilling life. But if his mother had listened to the advice of health professionals when her prenatal test for genetic disorders came back positive 25 years ago, Bill would have been terminated. Read more

Comedian: You find God when you welcome disabled

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

A few months ago I attended Mass in the inner city of Chicago. Before the service, I went to the bathroom. Standing at the sink was a middle-aged man with Down syndrome. When he saw me, he cupped his hands, filled them with water, splashed me several times, let out a giant laugh and ran Read more

Down’s syndrome abortions: genocide Archbishop tells UN

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Aborting a child because it has Down’s syndrome violates human rights and can be considered genocide. “Here at the United Nations (UN) there is much sincere talk and normally passionate action to fight against unjust discrimination,” said Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations. He pointed to a double standard when he appeared Read more

One of New Zealand’s oldest altar servers has died

Monday, March 12th, 2018

A “shining light” of the Taranaki faith community, and arguably one of the country’s oldest altar servers, has died. Sam, who had Down syndrome, became an altar server in 2002 and also regularly welcomed parishioners to weekly services, as a host at the door. On March 1, he died at Chalmers rest home after a short illness, with Read more

Abortion – Down’s syndrome advocacy group condemn pledge to decriminalise

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

A Down’s syndrome advocacy group has condemned Jacinda Ardern’s pledge to decriminalise abortion, saying it will allow abortion for disability till up to 40 weeks. Ardern has responded by saying abortions up to 40 weeks would not be made legal under Labour. Despite this, Saving Downs created a social media post using Labour’s campaign slogan Read more

First wedding in Cardboard Cathedral

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

After a five-year engagement and months of busking to raise funds, a Lyttelton couple have become the first to be wed in the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral. Jill Jefferies and James Dobinson, who both have Down syndrome, married on Saturday before about 100 well-wishers, family and friends. The couple had busked at the Lyttelton Farmers Market Read more

Disabled girl, 11, charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

Friday, August 24th, 2012

An 11-year-old Christian girl with Down’s syndrome has been accused of desecrating the Qur’an under the severe blasphemy law in Pakistan. Rimsha Masih is the first minor to be charged with blasphemy in Pakistan. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Witnesses claim she burnt 10 pages of a booklet used to Read more