Vatican, 03 December, 2022 / 3:59 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis celebrated the International Day of Disabled Persons on Saturday at the Vatican with a group of children with disabilities and their families.
In a private audience inside the Apostolic Palace on Dec. 3, the pope greeted each of the families present and said: “Your witness is a concrete sign of peace, a sign of hope for a more humane and fraternal world for everyone.”
Pope Francis underlined his desire for all Christian communities to be true places of “belonging and inclusion.”
“There is no inclusion if it only remains a slogan, a formula to be used in politically correct speeches,” he added.
The pope said: “Promoting recognition of the dignity of every person is a constant responsibility of the Church: it is the mission of continuing over time the closeness of Jesus Christ to every man and woman, especially those who are most fragile and vulnerable.”