From THE HERALD SUN:
Many children with Down Syndrome are being eliminated because of abortion, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church in Madrid said ahead of a weekend visit by Pope Benedict XVI.
The Pope will bless the first stone for construction of a new home for children with Down Syndrome and other disabilities in Barcelona on Monday. It is being built by the Roman Catholic Church's Nino Dios foundation, which used to work only with Down's Syndrome children but has since broadened its work.
"We know that the number of these people has declined mostly because a good number of them are eliminated before they are born," said the press director for the Spanish Bishops' Conference, Isidro Catela.
The Pope, "will extend his hand to the defence of life, the life of everybody, whether or not they have greater or less intellectual capacity," Mr Catela said.
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