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Monday, January 13, 2014


Vatican City, 11 January 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Pope received in audience the Italian member of Parliament Ileana Argentin, known for her commitment to issues related to disability.

According to the Holy See Press Office, Argentin, herself disabled, wrote a letter to the Pope requesting the opportunity to speak with him about various issues related to disability. The Holy Father responded promptly, inviting her to meet with him this morning in the Apostolic Palace. Argentin explained focused principally on the importance of supporting the parents of seriously disabled people, who experience great anxiety about what may happen to their children after their own deaths, and the difficulties their siblings may encounter in assuming the responsibility of care. Other issues were also considered, such as the need to overcome barriers of accessibility to disabled people in public and Church buildings.

Pope Francis showed great interest in the issues brought to his attention by Argentin and cordially assured her of his participation in initiatives and encouragement for all persons dedicated to confronting the problems linked to disability with increasing commitment and awareness.

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