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Pope takes the first step to beatify the discoverer of Down syndrome

Vatican City / Pope Francis approved the decree that recognizes the “heroic virtues”, the first step towards the beatification of the French doctor Jérôme Lejeune, a well-known anti-abortionist who in 1959 discovered the chromosomal abnormality that causes Down syndrome.

The geneticist had a good personal relationship with Pope John Paul II, who in 1997, during a pastoral visit to France, went to pray at his grave, located in the cemetery of the town of Chalo-Saint-Mars, fifty kilometers from the south of Paris.

Lejeune was born on June 13, 1926 in Montrouge (France) and died in Paris on April 3, 1994. Father of five children and a fervent Catholic, he was a leader of the anti-abortion movement and even raised judicial initiatives in the United States.

The chromosomal abnormality “Trisomy 21” discovered by Lejeune allows the early diagnosis of Down syndrome, but he always rejected the option of abortion to prevent the birth of children affected by this problem.

The path to holiness has several stages: the first is to be declared venerable servant of God, the second blessed and the third saint.

Venerable Servant of God is the title given to a deceased person who is recognized as “having lived the virtues in a heroic way.”

For a venerable person to be beatified, a miracle must have occurred due to his intercession, and for him to be canonized, that is, elevated to saint, a second miracle performed “through intercession” after being proclaimed blessed is required. (January 22, 2021, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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recientemente se ha descubierto la anomalía cromosómica que causa el síndroma de Down.
se ha aprobado un decreto por el papa Francisco.
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no es necesario obrar un milagro para que una persona sea beatificada.
la aprobación de ese decreto es un paso para que se beatifique a un médico francés.
ese médico francés será primero santificado y después beatificado.
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lideró un movimiento en contra del aborto.
falleció a principios del siglo XX.
no llegó a conocer al papa Juan Pablo II.
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el papa Francisco anunció que beatificará a esos religiosos el año que viene.
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