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Vatican message for World Autism Day

March 30, 2012

Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers has issued a message for World Autism Day, which is commemorated on April 2.

Entitled “An Appeal for Sensitivity and Supportive Solidarity Towards Autistic People and their Families,” the message states that “the Church sees as impelling the task of placing herself at the side of these people--children and young people in particular--and their families, if not to break down these barriers of silence then at least to share in solidarity and prayer in their journey of suffering.”

“The Church and all people of good will thus feel committed to being ’traveling companions’ with those who live this eloquent silence, which calls upon our sensitivity towards the suffering of others, following the emblematic example portrayed in the Gospel parable of the Good Samaritan,” the message continues. “The Church thus feels the commitment really to become increasingly the house of the Father where everyone can find the fullness of human and divine love.”


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