09/21/2020, 16.10
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Pope tells autistic children to thank God for the gift of life

"Saying 'thank you' to God is a beautiful prayer. God likes this way of praying. You can also add a small question”, like “Jesus, please help the Pope lead the Church well. If you ask with faith, the Lord will certainly listen to you.”

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis met a group of youngsters with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their parents and teachers today (picture by Vatican News). The youth are treated at the Ambulatorium Sonnenschein (Sunshine), a specialised clinic in Sankt Pölten, Austria.

In thanking the staff for their wonderful work with youth with ASD, the pontiff spoke about the beauty of creation.

“I can imagine why those responsible [for the clinic] chose this name since your house looks like a magnificent flower meadow in the sunshine, and you are the flowers of this house! God created the world with a great variety of flowers of all colours. Each flower has its own beauty, which is unique.”

“Each one of us is also beautiful in the eyes of God, and He loves us. This makes us feel the need to say to God: thank you! Thanks for the gift of life, for all creatures! Thanks for mom and dad! Thanks for our families! And thank you also for the friends of the Sonnenschein centre!”

"Saying 'thank you' to God is a beautiful prayer. God likes that way of praying. You can also add a small question; for example, Good Jesus, could you help mom and dad in their work? Could you give some comfort to grandmother who is sick? Could you provide for children all over the world who have no food? Or, Jesus, please help the Pope lead the Church well. If you ask with faith, the Lord will certainly listen to you.”

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