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Pope Francis Visits A Community Of People With Intellectual Challenges - Rome

For his monthly 'Mercy Friday' in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis visited the Community of 'Chicco' in Ciampino, on the outskirts of Rome, Italy on May 13, 2016. L'Arche (The Ark) was founded by Jean Vanier in 1964 and is now present in over 30 countries on 5 continents. The organization provides loving homes for vulnerable people who live together in a supportive community.The Chicco community was founded in 1981 and houses 18 people with intellectual challenges. The L’Arche philosophy is 'the praise of imperfection,'that is, to thrive amidst disabilities that the world doesn't value. The residents of L'Arche are free to make their own way in life, to give and receive deep affection and to form lasting friendships. Pope Francis has identified this visit as one of the most profound of his pontificate. Photo by Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images)

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