Pope Francis Just Rented A Private Beach For People With Disabilities To Visit

The pontiff practices what he preaches with this latest donation.



Another day, another awesome story about Pope Francis to restore your faith in humanity.

The TED talking pontiff is praised by people of all faiths for being a remarkable humanitarian, and his latest donation will help yet another group of often overlooked people enjoy some things many of us frequently take for granted.

According to CNN, the Pope recently made a donation to an Italy-based charity called Work of Love, which aims to give people with disabilities better access to the beach and ocean. While that might not seem like much, consider how difficult and dangerous it can be to push a wheelchair on sandy terrain. 

To help make things easier, Work of Love rents a small portion of Little Madonna beach (about 17 miles south of Rome) and equips it with special boardwalks, all-terrain wheelchairs, water vehicles, and ramps, so people with disabilities can enjoy the sun and sand with ease. The organization also enlists highly-trained volunteers (including members of the Italian Paralympic Swimming Federation) to help people get in and out of the water as needed. 

Pope Francis in Vatican City in 2017. Instagram

Though the exact amount of money Pope Francis donated remains unknown, his contribution will reportedly cover the cost of renting the spot on Little Madonna beach, which is visited by hundreds of people annually, for an entire year.

In a statement on its website, Walk of Love said it received the news of Pope Francis's donation with "enthusiasm and astonishment."

In his surprise TED talk from earlier this week, the Pope Francis urged others to be inclusive, and this donation aligns perfectly with that message. "How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us," he said.

Let's not forget that news of the pope's Work of Love contribution comes just weeks after he opened a free laundry service in Rome to aid the city's homeless, making good on his declaration to give "concrete form to charity."

"Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude," Francis remarked as he concluded his TED talk, and we're so glad he's clearly able to practice what he preaches. 

Cover image via Boris Stroujko / Shutterstock.com.

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