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The medicine of a smile

· Pope Francis denounces the social mentality that marginalizes sick and disabled people ·

For the first time in St Peter's Square, the Gospel reading was also dramatized by a group of people with intellectual disabilities, so that the text might also be understood by those with cognitive impairment. This took place on Sunday morning, 12 June, during the Mass Pope Francis celebrated on the occasion of the Jubilee of the Sick and Disabled.
In his homily, the Pope firmly denounced the existing mentality that idealizes the “care for one’s body” and obscures “anything imperfect”, since “it theatens the happiness and serenity of the privileged few and endangers the dominant model”. However, the Pope pointed out, “the world does not become better because only apparently ‘perfect’ people live there – I say ‘perfect’ rather than ‘false’ – but when human solidarity, mutual acceptance and respect increase”.

The Pope’s homily

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St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 15, 2018

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