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Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 10, 2022. Vatican Media

Desire for "eternal youth" and "unlimited well-being" is Delusional Conceit: Pope Francis

Aug 10, 2022

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is “delusional” to try to stop the natural passage of time in pursuit of “eternal youth” and “unlimited well-being.”

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How to Receive Plenary Indulgence July 24 on the World Day for Grandparents and Elderly

Jul 23, 2022

All it takes is a phone call, together with confession, Holy Communion, and prayer.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 15, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: "When you are old, you are no longer in control of your body"

Jun 15, 2022

The 85-year-old pope noted that he needed to walk with a cane.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 1, 2022. Vatican Media.

Old age a Time to Rediscover Trust in the Lord: Pope Francis

Jun 1, 2022

The pope was speaking at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis greets the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome on June 17, 2016. Vatican Media.

Vatican Offers Plenary Indulgence for Visiting the Elderly on Grandparents’ Day on July 24

May 30, 2022

The 2nd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will take place on July 24.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 25, 2022. Vatican Media.

"Ours is age of fake news, collective superstitions, pseudo-scientific truths": Pope

May 25, 2022

The pope dedicated his general audience address to the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy, Oct. 4, 2016. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invites Grandparents to Join a "spiritual and non-violent revolution"

May 10, 2022

The pope made the appeal in his message for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 4, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Faith Not Something Only "for old people": Pope Francis

May 4, 2022

The pope was speaking at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on April 20, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

To Discard the Elderly "is a grave sin": Pope Francis

Apr 20, 2022

It was the first Wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, March 30, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: "Rhetoric of inclusion’ Not Enough to Forge a "culture of social tenderness"

Mar 30, 2022

The pope said that ‘the rhetoric of inclusion is the ritual formula of every politically correct discourse.’

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 23, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis decries excessive ‘exaltation of youth’ as he begins new catechesis series

Feb 23, 2022

He said that idealized youth was ‘the dominant image of 20th-century totalitarianism.’

Bishop Patrick Chilekwa Chisanga of the Diocese of Mansa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Listen to, Build on “valuable memories” of Elderly in Synodal Process: Bishop in Zambia

Dec 5, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Zambia’s Mansa Diocese has directed that the elderly in his Episcopal See are placed at the center of the ongoing conversations on the Synod on Synodality.

Bishop Peter Chifukwa, of Malawi's Dedza Diocese. Credit ECM

Enact Older Persons Bill to Protect Elderly, Malawi’s Catholic Bishop to Legislature

Dec 3, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Malawi’s Dedza Diocese has called upon the members of parliament in the country to debate and enact older persons bill into law in order to protect the rights of the elderly from violation and abuse.

Pope Francis meets with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco in Rome on Oct. 22, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Religious Sisters to Pray for Him: "It is not easy to be the Pope"

Oct 23, 2021

The pope also shared a story from the life of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Pope Francis visits the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome, June 17, 2016. L'Osservatore Romano.

"Aging is not a disease but a privilege": Pope Francis Tells Elderly Priests

Sep 17, 2021

He said: ‘Please, pray for me who is a little old and a little, but not too much, sick!’

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy, Oct. 4, 2016./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis to Elderly: The Church Needs your Prayers Like ‘a deep breath’

Jun 22, 2021

There is no “retirement” from spreading the faith, Pope Francis said in a message to grandparents on Tuesday, adding that the prayers of the elderly are needed by the Church and the world.

Members of the Interfaith Council in Kenya at a previous event / Courtesy Photo

Kenya’s Elderly, Sick to Continue Worshipping in Private amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases

Mar 24, 2021

The elderly and the sick in Kenya have been urged to continue worshiping in private as the country reports a steady increase in the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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In 6,000-word Document, Vatican Calls for Rethinking of Social, Pastoral Care for Elderly

Feb 9, 2021

The Vatican called on Tuesday for a rethinking of elder care in a document arguing that the elderly are best cared for in an environment more like a family home than a hospital.

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy Oct. 4, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis Proclaims World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Feb 1, 2021

Pope Francis announced Sunday the establishment of an international day to honor grandparents and the elderly to take place each year in July.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Angelus address June 7, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Asks Young People to 'send a hug' to the Elderly

Jul 26, 2020

Pope Francis asked young people Sunday to reach out to the elderly, especially those in nursing homes, to send a message of encouragement amid the loneliness of the coronavirus pandemic.