Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic church, has praised the power of the Paralympic Movement and efforts to give sporting opportunities to all.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Pope referenced how many Paralympians demonstrate the virtues of commitment, sacrifice and loyalty.
"When I see what certain athletes are capable of, who have some disabilities imprinted on their physique, I am amazed by the power of life," said Pope Francis.
"The Paralympic Movement is very precious; not only to include everyone, but also because it is the opportunity to tell and give citizenship rights in the media, to stories of men and women who have made disability their weapon of redemption.
"When I see or read about some of their business, I think that the limit is not within them but only in the eyes of those who look at them.
"They are stories that give birth to stories, when everyone thinks that there is no longer any story to tell."
The head of the Catholic church resides in the Vatican City, a microstate located within Italian capital Rome.