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Vatican for All: an App for people with communication disorders

The Dicastery for Communication releases a free App entitled “Vatican for All” to provide information on the activities of the Pope and the Church in the world for people with sensory disabilities, as part of the “No One Left Out” project.
An interpreter translates the Pope into Italian Sign Language. (Photo: Vatican Media)

The Dicastery for Communication releases a free App entitled “Vatican for All” to provide information on the activities of the Pope and the Church in the world for people with sensory disabilities, as part of the “No One Left Out” project.

In the days leading up to Christmas, the “Vatican for All” information app, created by the Dicastery for Communication for people with communication and visual impairments, went online.

The App can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play and the App Store, and provides access to information about General Audiences, Sunday Angelus, and other papal events.

Through Sign Language (Italian and American—LIS and ASL) and content in a usable format for blind and visually impaired people, the App allows for timely updates on the activities of the Pope and the Holy See and on the life of the Church in the world.

This App is part of the "No One Left Out" project, launched by the Dicastery for Communication at the Urbi et Orbi Message of Easter 2021.

It is a service that offers accessibility—for people with communication challenges —to the catechesis of the General Audiences and the Angelus/Regina Caeli, as well as Christmas Eve Mass and Easter Triduum, and the opening of the Synod and World Days.

It can be accessed free of charge through the Vatican News YouTube channel.

In particular, there is a live channel for translation into LIS (Italian Sign Language) at https://e.va/lis and a deferred-upload channel for ASL (American Sign Language) https://e.va/lis.

The project is coordinated by Sister Veronica Donatello, head of the National Service of the Italian Episcopal Conference for the Pastoral Care of People with Disabilities.

The project is made possible thanks to the collaboration and financial support of the Pio Istituto dei Deordi of Milan, CBM Italia-Missioni cristiane per i ciechi nel mondoFreunde von Radio Vatikan (Friends of Vatican Radio), and St Francis Borgia Deaf Center of Chicago.

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