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People from more than 20 countries take part in a video call hosted by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life on May 19, 2022. Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life Flickr photostream.

Vatican Hosts Synod Listening Session with Disabled Catholics

May 20, 2022

‘I’m in debt to people with disabilities,’ said Cardinal Grech. ‘One of them led me on the path of a priestly vocation.’

Pope Francis met with the Italian Autism Foundation in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on April 1, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Advocates for Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Society

Apr 1, 2022

The pope underlined that the Church in particular is called to help those with disabilities to “make their voices heard.”

Children and young people living with disabilities at Orione Community Training Centre in Kenya's Catholic Diocese of Ngong
Credit: Orione Community Training Centre

Catholic Priests’ Farm Where Dreams of Kenyan Children Living with Disability are Born

Jun 30, 2021

Tales of Kenyan children born with disabilities who are chained away from society sometimes sound too graphic to be true. This, however, was the story of David (not his real name) who was raised by his father at a village outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Some refugees at the Palabek camp in Uganda / Mission Newswire

Salesian Missionaries Reach Out to Hundreds of Refugees Living with Disabilities in Uganda

Feb 16, 2021

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have facilitated the provision of food aid and other humanitarian necessities to hundreds of refugees living with disabilities at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Resettlement Camp within Uganda’s Archdiocese of Gulu. 

Logo of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) marked December 3. / United Nations (UN)

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Salesians Highlight Programs in Africa

Dec 3, 2020

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) marked Thursday, December 3, officials of Salesian Missions, which is the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), have highlighted their programs that support people with special needs in the world, including Africa.

Pope Francis with Peter Lombardi at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 28, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Disabled People are not in Humanity's Minor 'leagues'

Dec 3, 2019

Pope Francis said Tuesday that disabled people make important contributions to humanity, and called discrimination against them a sin. The pope added that disabled people are not members of humanity's minor “leagues.”