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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Pope Francis to Special Olympics " The Lord reserves a special place in his heart for anyone with disabilities, and so does the Successor of St. Peter!"

Greetings from the Holy Father in the Paul VI Hall

Catechesis of the Holy Father

To the pilgrims of the Organization "Deaf Catholic Youth Initiative of the Americas" (DCYIA)

Dear friends,

I warmly welcome the "Deaf Catholic Youth Initiative of the Americas" group. I pray that your pilgrimage, which you have called "A time to walk with Jesus" - can help you grow in love for Christ and for one another. The Lord reserves a special place in his heart for anyone with disabilities, and so does the Successor of St. Peter! I hope that the time you spend in Rome will enrich you spiritually and strengthen your testimony towards the love of God for all your children. You continue your journey, I ask you, please, to remind you to pray for me. May Almighty God bless all of you with abundance!

To the delegation of the "Special Olympics" Organization

I extend a special welcome to the delegation of the "Special Olympics" organization on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation. The world of sport offers a particular opportunity for people to grow in mutual understanding and friendship, and I pray that this Olympic Flame can be a sign of joy and hope in the Lord, who grants the gifts of unity and peace to his children . On all those who support the aims of "Special Olympics", I willingly invoke the blessings of joy and peace of God Almighty.

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