Barthélemy’s message for autism: The value of man should not be linked to his abilities
“Everyone is the ‘beloved of God,’ emphasizes Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his message for today’s ‘World Autism Information and Awareness Day’.
The Ecumenical Patriarch recalls that “Christ identified himself with the existentially and socially weak, with the struggling and marginalized people of his time”, while elsewhere he stresses that “the Church of Christ is a place of experience and promotion of the uniqueness and diversity of the human face and the “communion of people”.
“We are all unique and at the same time equal before God,” he adds.
The Ecumenical Patriarch does not fail to mention the wonderful parents, siblings and friends of our fellow human beings who are on the autism spectrum, as well as social workers and state care officials, and members autism support groups.
“We honor doctors, psychologists and researchers,” he notes, “all sensitive and noble souls who love and help these human beings.”
Finally, he expresses his joy for the progress made in the field of the study of autism, which “provides important support to many children on the autism spectrum, through an approach, education and appropriate care. and specialized, creates for them and for their loved ones, positive conditions and prospects for development, and thus their world is enlightened and widened, life is shared and communication is accomplished in a completely unique way “.