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Pope Francis makes surprise visit to centre for disabled people

The Pope greeting children at Casa OSA on Sunday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis visited a disability foundation in Rome on Sunday, meeting with each of the 200 people present.

The Pope spent two hours at the Durante e dopo di Noi (“during and after us”) Casa OSA, which works with the families of those with grave disabilities.

He said he was grateful for a “family day”, and encouraged those present saying “believe in dreams and in the beauty of life in union with the Lord”.

Luca Milanese, president of the foundation, said to the Pope that “we have always taken to heart the happiness and well-being of those we assist – numbering about 50,000 in all of Italy today”.

“‘Casa OSA’ is a project of life that stimulates the emotions, attitudes, relationships and the desires of those assisted and which sustains the families whose only desire is that of guaranteeing a dignified future to their children even beyond when they are no longer present”, Mr Milanese said.