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'Church loves you', pope tells disabled people

'Still discriminated against', pontiff says ahead of Dec 3 Day

- ROME, NOV 25 - Pope Francis has told people with disabilities that "the Church loves you and needs each one of you to carry out its mission at the service of the Gospel" in a message for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated on December 3.
    "Unfortunately, today many of you are still treated like external bodies of society", the pontiff said in the message released on Thursday.
    Disabled people "feel that they exist without belonging and without participating" and "there are still many things that deny you full citizenship", the message also said.
    "Discrimination is still too present at various levels of social life; it feeds prejudice, ignorance and a culture that struggles to understand the priceless value of each person".


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