UK churches urged to take part in Autism Sunday

By staff writers
February 4, 2009

Cathedrals, Churches and religious groups in Britain and across the world have been urged to support over 60 million people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome on 8 February 2009.

World church leaders have sent messages of support to British-based organisers of Autism Sunday - also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, scheduled for this weekend.

Among those backing the initiative, which also coincides in the UK with Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, is Anglican Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu. Material and resources are linked from a blog at:

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.

In a message from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI said he "wished God’s blessings of strength and peace on the Autism Community on Autism Sunday."

Other backers in Britain include Free Churches and the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, the Anglican Bishop of London.

Hundreds of people have logged onto an Autism Sunday Facebook group. Autism Awareness Ribbons are being sold on eBay.

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