'The white coat and the cross' - the witness of Dr. Lejeune

Edgar Beltran

On January 21, 2021, Pope Francis declared Dr. Jerome Lejeune as "Venerable," a step in the process of being declared a saint.

Lejeune is known for his research into the chromosomal abnormality, Trisomy 21, which is the cause of Down syndrome. He was a renowned scientist, and he was also a Catholic who dedicated his career to the defense of life.

Today he is recognized as a pro-life pioneer by doctors and other medical professionals.

Among them is Dr. Maria del Pilar Calva Mercado, who was neither pro-life nor a practicing Catholic in her youth. But after studying for eight months with Lejeune in Paris in 1982, she underwent a powerful change of heart, leading to a conversion that would shape the trajectory of her life.

Dr. Calva agreed to speak with The Pillar about the life and legacy of Dr. Lejeune.

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