Pope Visits centre for Disabled

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
8 Nov 2010

After having lunch with the cardinals and bishops of Spain in the residence of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, the Pope visited the charity of "Obra Benefico-Social Nen Deu." Their organization has been working with the disabled since 1892. Without doubt this was one of the most special moments of his visit to Spain.

Guided by the Mother Superior, Benedict spent a few minutes in the chapel center greeting patients and their families.  He also met with the 80 health workers and eight religious faculty members in the center as well as their families.

One of the most emotional moments of the visit came from two young girls who thanked the Pope for his visit.

"I want to thank you for coming to our house."

Some of the children from the center dedicated a song in Catalan to the Pope.

In the speech, Benedict stressed the importance of their work and said that all people should be treated without distinction.

Benedict XVI
"It is clear that, for the Christian, every man and woman is a true sanctuary of God, and should be treated with the highest respect and affection, above all when they are in need." 

The Pope also spoke about how developments in technology should aim at improving the care for the weakest.