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Vatican discusses how to help the blind

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This congress was attended by doctors, different associations for the blind and leaders of pharmaceutical and biomedical companies. They discussed the newest research toward finding a cure for blindness and the affect it would have on medicine, the economy, and society at large.

Giuseppe Castronovo
President, International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (Italy)
"That the Catholic Church has paid attention to the blind of the world is a fantastic thing because there are still prejudices in society. The blind are people like anyone else and should be treated as such.”

The congress also presents the newest initiatives that are meant to make life easier for blind people. Such as these two relief paintings that allows people to feel the different curves and shapes of the art, if they can't see it.

Msgr. Roberto Brunelli
Director, Diocesan Museum of Mantua (Italy)
"We have put on display our relief paintings. Each artwork is accompanied by a document in Braille and an audio guide, with a voice that explains the objects.”

Many of the world's 39 million blind people don't have equal access to many things like public parks and spaces. But with the help of this Vatican congress, they're working to help the blind overcome any obstacles they face.


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