Jean Vanier, Canadian champion of the developmentally disabled, dead at 90

Jean Vanier, whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in Canada and multiple other countries over the past half-century, has died at 90.

A charity he founded, L’Arche, said Vanier died Tuesday in Paris after suffering from thyroid cancer.

Vanier, son of former governor general Georges P. Vanier, worked as a Canadian navy officer and professor before turning to Catholic-inspired charity work.

Pope Francis was informed of Vanier’s death and is praying for him and the community, according to Vatican spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute on social media, saying Vanier “made it his life’s work to help the most vulnerable, and give everyone a real and fair chance at success.”…

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