Venezuela : Christine VOLLMER, President of the Asociación Provida

In Venezuela in 1981, Jérôme Lejeune was the inspiration of a young movement which came to be when a law was proposed permitting abortion. Knowing nothing at the time of this powerful lobby, we asked him to come and help us. He did not know us and did not know what awaited him, but he came all the same, with the generosity which was his characteristic. Without betraying any sign of fatigue he spoke to several groups every day : doctors, journalists, bishops, young people and general public. His knowledge and understanding, his poetry, his humour, won the hearts of the public. His wisdom, his charm, and his profound vision of the ‘micro’ and the ‘macro,’ perfectly expressed with a simplicity which made it clear to all, launched our naissant movement. It was one of the little miracles of this special friend of God ... a man who, with his gentleness and his logic, transformed the hearts of thousands of people ...