Gail Williams, the Caritas St Joseph’s Centre Manager was in Rome recently for a conference on people with intellecutal disabilities and how they can best engage fully in the life of the Church. The event entitled ‘Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities: A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church’, focused on the spiritual and religious needs of people with disabilities.
Over the course of the three day gathering 450 experts from around the world shared their insights.
Mgr Geno Sylva from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization said on Vatican Radio: “this international conference is the fruit that was sown during the Jubilee (of Mercy) with all the other discussions that took place afterwards.”
“the aim and the goal is for us as a Church and for this Pontifical Council to really learn what are the best practices that are already taking place throughout the world in catechizing people with special needs …”
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