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Activist To Pope Francis: The Disabled Are More Than A Spectacle

"The disabled need more, in terms of both access to the Church and inclusion in it."

It's surely not Pope Francis' intended message, but sometimes he seems, inadvertently, to treat disabled persons as a spectacle with public kisses and blessings. The disabled need more, in terms of both access to the Church and inclusion in it.

Last Sunday, Pope Francis led a mass in St. Peter’s Square focused on people with disabilities and the need to build a more inclusive society.  The event featured stories from people with disabilities and caregivers, participation by altar boys with Down syndrome, a reading from a blind young woman, and the event was streamed with sign language translation.

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