Pope Francis to hold online chat for kids with disabilities


Posted at Feb 05 2015 11:25 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2015 07:46 AM

MANILA - Pope Francis will be hosting his second Google+ Hangout from the Vatican on Thursday, giving children with disabilities and special needs from around the world an opportunity to speak with him directly.

The Argentine-born pope, who once described the Internet and its power to connect people as a "gift from God," will be taking questions and trading stories from kids in Brazil, India, Spain and the United States.

"Pope Francis will extend a virtual embrace to others around the world who have disabilities and special needs," wrote Google's Carlo D' Asaro Biondo in a blogpost published Thursday.

"The kids will share a glimpse into their lives and talk about their dreams with Pope Francis—and the world," he added.

The dialogue can be followed live from the Google+ page of Scholas Ocurrentes, an independent organization that the Pope has "entrusted with the mission of uniting schools worldwide, regardless of race, gender, class, religion or sexual orientation."

Pope Francis, who last held an online hangout in September, spoke highly of the power of digital media to unite people of different religions. He said, in a statement, that the web could help resolve religious, economic, or political differences.