Autism Sunday the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome takes place on Sunday 8th February 2009. A letter from the Vatican arrived in the UK for the Co-Founders of Autism Sunday, advocates Ivan and Charika Corea who have a 13 year old son, Charin who has autism.
They were delighted to read that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has invoked God’s blessings blessing on parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
His Holiness the Pope will be praying for the Autism Community on Autism Sunday. Ivan Corea co-founder of Autism Sunday said in London: ‘We were thrilled to receive a letter from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. We are also delighted that the Pope said he shared the concerns over autism. We informed him of Autism Sunday and were delighted at his immediate response. We urge World Leaders to speak up for Autism on Autism Sunday. We are also calling on autism campaigners around the world to use Autism Sunday to lobby and campaign on the serious health and education issues.’
Cathedrals, Churches and religious organisations are to pray for over 60 million people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome around the world. All faith communities have been urged to do more for the Autism Community particularly during the deepening global recession.