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a photo of the new barbie with down syndrome and a photo of the author smiling next to her 13-year-old daughter who has down syndrome and her sister, who is in her 40s, who also has down syndrome
FaithFaith in Focus
Elizabeth Newton
My sister, who has Down syndrome, never had dolls that looked like her growing up. Today, my kids can play with a Barbie who has Down syndrome, which allows all children to welcome people with disabilities.
FaithOf Many Things
Sam Sawyer, S.J.
Mustard Seed Communities began as a response to the needs of abandoned and disabled children in Jamaica, and God is present even in the midst of the suffering faced by people there.
The team at Morcos Nassar Palace. Photo courtesy of L’Arche-Bethlehem, Ma’an lil-Hayat.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Noga Tarnopolsky
The latest boutique hotel to open its doors in Bethlehem’s Old City, just minutes away from Manger Square, is the Morcos Nassar Palace, which doubles as a humanitarian project unique in Palestine and possibly in the Arab world.
Joe Powell-Main in ‘Sleepwalker’ (Royal Ballet)
Arts & CultureTheater
Michelle Smith
“The Church could welcome more artists by creating more events to showcase the talents within their parishes and to foster artist/patron relationships.”
A man bows his head in prayer before a computer screen showing nine people doing the same
FaithFaith in Focus
Keara Hanlon
As pandemic restrictions have eased, most parishioners have returned to in-person Masses. But some would prefer the option for virtual services to remain.
Pope Francis greets a child during an audience with people who have autism at the Vatican on Nov. 22, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Matthew P. Schneider, L.C.
A new study suggests that M.R.I. brain scans on fetuses are able to predict diagnoses of autism. Both disability rights and pro-life activists should be concerned about the implications.