Vatican City, Dec 3, 2019 / 10:03 am
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."
"We are called to recognize in every person with a disability, even with complex and serious disabilities, a unique contribution to the common good through their original life story," he said Dec. 3.
"Recognize the dignity of each one, knowing that it does not depend on the functionality of the five senses."
Pope Francis sent his message on the 2019 World Day of People with Disabilities, the theme of which is "the future is accessible."