Pope Francis accepts a document on people with disabilities from Giulia Cirillo, a member of the Sant'Egidio community, at the end of the general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 21, 2022. People with disabilities submitted a draft document to the Synod of Bishops on the needs of people with disabilities and their contributions to the life of the church. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY | The Gospel of St. John tells the story of Jesus’ encounter with a man who was born blind. Upon seeing him, the disciples asked Jesus if the man’s blindness was due to his sins or that of his parents.

“Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him,” Jesus replied before healing the man.

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