Vatican City, 20 May, 2022 / 8:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The Vatican hosted a virtual listening session with Catholics with disabilities on Thursday as part of the Synod on Synodality process.
People from more than 20 countries participated in the video call hosted by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life on May 19, with some expressing concerns about experiences of discrimination and exclusion.
A participant from France with Down syndrome shared on the call: “At birth, I could have been aborted. I am happy to live.”
“I love everyone and I thank God for creating me,” she added, according to the dicastery.
Other participants from Mexico, Liberia, Ukraine, and other countries also took part in the discussion of some of the synod’s preparatory questions, including: “How are we walking with Jesus and our brothers and sisters to proclaim Him? For the future, what is the Spirit asking our Church to grow in our journey with Jesus and with our brothers and sisters to proclaim Him?”