Vatican City, 04 May, 2022 / 2:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis said on Wednesday that having faith is not something only “for old people,” but an essential element of life.
“In many trends in our society and culture, the practice of faith suffers from a negative portrayal, sometimes in the form of cultural irony, sometimes with covert marginalization,” Pope Francis said at his general audience on May 4.
Speaking in St. Peter’s Square, the pope said that having faith is, instead, something to be proud of because “it has changed our lives, it has purified our minds, it has taught us the worship of God and the love of our neighbor.”
“The practice of faith is not the symbol of our weakness, but rather the sign of its strength,” he said.
The pope spoke at the general audience about the witness that the elderly can offer to younger generations by remaining faithful until the end, like the biblical figure of Eleazar, whose story is described in the Second Book of Maccabees.