Mentally Ill are also Made in God's Image - Saint Pope John Paul II (1996)

01/15/2020  |  Catholic Church Documents

Saint Pope John Paul II address to participants in the 1996 international conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health-Care Workers, on the theme: “In the Image and Likeness of God: Always? Illness of the Human Mind”.

"Whoever suffers from mental illness 'always' bears God's image and likeness in himself, as does every human being In addition, he 'always' has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such", the Holy Father said on Saturday, 30 November, addressing participants in the international conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health-Care Workers, on the theme: "In the Image and Likeness of God: Always? Illness of the Human Mind". Here is a translation of the Pope's address, which was given in Italian.

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