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Deaf priest spreads religious knowledge through sign language

Father Cyril Axelrod believes that sign language, tactile sign language and body language are 'gifts of the Holy Spirit' to enable Christians to share the Gospel with other people. A priest from South Africa, Father Cyril Axelrod was born deaf and became blind 16 years ago.

On the opening of the Year of Mercy jubilee celebration for the sick and persons with disabilities, he gave an introduction in using International Sign Language. After that Father Cyril Axelrod answered questions from the congregation that included mostly deaf Italian Catholics and their family members.

He travels the world ministering to deaf Catholics, as he thinks that religious education and access to the sacraments should be given to all children.

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