Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Tuesday 13 April |
Saint of the Day: Pope St. Martin I
home iconChurch
line break icon

Inclusion must “become a mentality” to end the isolation of deaf people, says Pope Francis

Antoine Mekary / ALETEIA / I.MEDIA

I.Media for Aleteia - published on 09/29/18

More must be done to recognize every person's desire to be welcomed and to be able to live independently, Francis said

Inclusion must “become a mentality and a culture” in order to eliminate the barriers of exclusion faced by deaf people, said Pope Francis in a message to the National Deaf Association on the occasion of the 60th International Day of the Deaf, September 28.

“Many of you have reached your social and professional position, even at a high level, with great difficulty because of your deafness,” the pontiff said, “and this is a great human and civil conquest.”

But more must be done to recognize every person’s “desire to be welcomed and to be able to live independently,” the pope said. “The challenge is for inclusion to become a mentality and a culture,” he continued.

“We are called together to go against the current,” he said, to “break down all the barriers that prevent the possibility of relationship and meeting in autonomy and of reaching an authentic culture and practice of inclusion.”

The pontiff also welcomed the fact that deaf people have responsibilities in the Church and in the field of evangelization. Then, he expressed his desire that in every diocese deaf people cooperate with “pastoral agents prepared in sign language, lip-reading, and subtitling” to ensure that “deaf people may be fully integrated into the Christian community and that their sense of belonging may grow.”

Pope Francis
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cerith Gardiner
11 Interesting facts about the late Prince Philip
Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
A simple test to see if you really believe Christ is risen
Archbishop Georg Gänswein
I.Media for Aleteia
Gänswein: Benedict XVI expected to live only a few months after r...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
St. Faustina’s coffee cup and lessons for Divine Mercy Sund...
Here’s how to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at home
Philip Kosloski
Why you can eat meat on Easter Friday
Sister Bhagya
Saji Thomas-ACN
Catholic nun faces conversion charges in central India
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.