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Pope slams culture of 'perfect' people shunning the disabled

  • Disabled and sick people wait for Pope Francis arrival for a jubilee mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Disabled and sick people wait for Pope Francis arrival for a jubilee mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Disabled and sick people wait for Pope Francis arrival for a jubilee mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Disabled and sick people wait for Pope Francis arrival for a jubilee mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis celebrates a jubilee mass for disabled and sick people in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Pope Francis celebrates a jubilee mass for disabled and sick people in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis has decried the pursuit for perfect bodies, saying it leads to society hiding away the disabled to avoid offending sensibilities of what he terms "the privileged few."

Francis celebrated Mass Sunday in St. Peter's Square dedicated to disabled people and their caregivers.

The pope said "the world does not become better because only apparently 'perfect' -- not to mention 'made-over' -- people live there," but when solidarity and mutual acceptance and respect increase.

He lamented that "care for one's body has become an obsession" and "big business." Francis said that leads to "anything imperfect" being hidden away since "it threatens the happiness and serenity of the privileged few and endangers the dominant model."

Francis has been championing the cause of those marginalized in many societies.