The Center for Ethics and Culture of the Notre Dame University in Indiana, one of the United States’ most prestigious catholic universities, officially presented the “2017 Evangelium Vitae” medal to the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation on 29th April 2017.
The « Evangelium Vitae » medal is the most important award in the USA, honouring an actor of the defence of life. Announced annually, the Evangelium Vitae Medal comes with $10,000 prize
During the ceremony, the award was presented to Thierry de la Villejégu, director of the Jérôme Lejeune, who came with Mrs Birthe Lejeune. Professor Snead praised “the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation that carries on working in favour of the most deprived members of society. […] It helps the world to see things through Professor Lejeune’s eyes, to love with unlimited charity and hospitality, and appreciate the beauty of our differences”.
In a message Pope Francis sent for the occasion, he expressed his enthusiasm: “Mindful of the Foundation’s commitment to assisting children with genetic intelligence disorders, His Holiness prays that this presentation may highlight the urgent need to support and defend the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death. This includes not only serving children with special needs, but also providing for the care and support of their families, who ‘render the Church and society an invaluable witness of faithfulness to the gift of life’ (Amoris Laetitia 47).”