Kinshasa, 07 March, 2021 / 3:44 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in their latest Pastoral Letter, announced their intention to enhance pastoral care to elderly persons.
In their letter circulated March 4, members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) call on the people of God in the Central African nation to take the needs of senior citizens into account.
Making reference to the elderly in DRC, CENCO members “urge all members of the Church-Family of God to look after them with particular attention, according to the biblical recommendations and the values of the African Tradition.”
“The Church has always been at the side of the elderly. Far from considering this closeness as a simple matter of assistance and charity, the Magisterium has never ceased to recall the primordial importance of their person and their dignity, their role and their place in the Church and in society,” Catholic Bishops in DRC say in their letter issued following their February 22-25 Standing Committee meeting.
CENCO members’ announcement comes weeks after Pope Francis declared the establishment of an international day to honor grandparents and the elderly to take place annually on the fourth Sunday of July, close to the feast of the grandparents of Jesus, Saints Joachim and Anne.