World Church Leaders have sent messages of support to the organisers of Autism Sunday – the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome scheduled to be held on Sunday 8th February 2009. Cathedrals, Churches and religious organisations around the world are to mark the international day and pray for over 60 million people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, California who was chosen by US President Barack Obama to lead the inovocation at his inauguration in Washington DC said he applauded the efforts of British autism campaigners Ivan and Charika Corea to raise efforts of both Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Saddleback Church is one of the largest churches in the United States and they will be praying for 60 million people worldwide who have Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Saddleback Church also hopes that Autism Sunday – the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome will be a huge success.
In a message from the Vatican, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has invoked God’s blessings of strength and peace on the Autism Community on Autism Sunday. The Rt.Reverend Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London in the United Kingdom has extended his support for Autism Sunday. Rt.Reverend John Sentamu, Archbishop of York has also sent his blessings.
Hundreds of US Campaigners and people from around the world have logged onto an Autism Sunday Facebook Group within one week of going up on Facebook. Autism Awareness Ribbons are being sold on ebay to mark Autism Sunday, campaigners are asking people to wear autism ribbons on Sunday 8th February to raise awareness.
Autism campaigners are urging people to use Autism Sunday as a platform to lobby and campaign on the serious education and health issues surrounding autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.