The Vatican

Pope puts spotlight on people with disabilities

Pope Francis wants Catholics to pray especially during the month of December for people with disabilities, so that "they may be at the center of society's attention, and that institutions may promote inclusion programs that enhance their active participation."

Paloma López Campos-November 28, 2023-Reading time: < 1 minute
Pope hearing disability

The Pope embraces a child during an audience at the Vatican with people with disabilities (CNS photo / Vatican Media).

This December Pope Francis asks Catholics around the world to pray especially for people with disabilities. In his video of the monthThe Pontiff focuses on those who, through ignorance or prejudice, suffer from a rejection "that makes them marginalized".

In the video, Francis claims that "civil institutions must support their projects with access to education, employment and spaces where creativity is expressed". The Holy Father considers that "there is a need for programs and initiatives that favor inclusion" and, "above all, there is a need for big hearts that want to accompany".

On the part of society, Francis notes that we must "change our mentality a little in order to open ourselves to the talents of these people with different abilities". As for the Church, the Pope warns that "creating a fully accessible parish does not only mean eliminating physical barriers, but also assuming that we must stop talking about 'them' and start talking about 'us.

For this reason, the Pontiff asks that "we pray that people with disabilities be at the center of the attention of the world's attention". companyand that institutions promote inclusion programs that enhance their active participation".

The full video with Pope Francis' message and prayer intention can be viewed below:

Read more
La Brújula Newsletter Leave us your email and receive every week the latest news curated with a catholic point of view.
Banner advertising
Banner advertising