Hundreds of experts from around the world were in Rome this past weekend to participate in a conference, looking at best practices to help people with disabilities, and to fully engage in the life of the Church. The conference entitled "Catechesis & Persons with Disabilities”, was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelization with the purpose of bringing together all the resources available for
the catechesis of people with disabilities.
On Saturday, the 450 participants, including those with special needs, had a private audience with the Pope, where he told them that the Catholic Church must be welcoming and creative to find ways to not let people's physical, psychological or intellectual limitations keep them from encountering God. "The Church cannot be 'mute' or 'tone deaf' when it comes to the defense and promotion of people with disabilities," the Pope said.
Sister Kathleen Schipani, director of the office for persons with disabilities at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was one of the participants at the conference and she revealed that she has designed an app to teach religious terms and prayers in American Sign Language. Have a look at the video above.
This app will be available for download on November 1st, so be sure to check your favourite app store.
Every year on World Mission Sunday, Fides News Service publishes a panoramic report of the missionary Church, with some eye-opening facts. And this year is no different. Here now, is a report about the global Catholic population - something you’ll want to watch.
Finally, Toronto’s Cardinal Collins invites you to join him at the 3rd Annual Father Boulad Dinner for Christians in the Middle East. Have a look
Again, the event takes place on Saturday, October 28th at the Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish in Etobicoke. Funds raised at this event will help to fund development and support projects supported by our friends at CNEWA for Christians in the Middle East and Egypt.
Tha's all for today. Join us again tomorrow when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.
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