The Vatican’s first-ever conference on autism, “The Person with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Animating Hope,” was held on Nov. 21 - 22. Organizers told the Associated Press the event is the biggest medical conference of its kind on autism, gathering more than 650 experts from 57 countries. Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright addressed attendees - including families - at the conference on volunteerism. Watch their remarks here. Mrs. Wright received a standing ovation following her speech.
To close the conference, Pope Francis held a special mass for attendees and families. Watch a recap of the mass in the video above. Click here to read Pope Fracis' full remarks on autism.