The 85-year-old pope noted that he needed to walk with a cane.
The pope was speaking at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
The 2nd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will take place on July 24.
The pope dedicated his general audience address to the Book of Ecclesiastes.
The pope made the appeal in his message for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
The pope was speaking at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
It was the first Wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pope said that ‘the rhetoric of inclusion is the ritual formula of every politically correct discourse.’
He said that idealized youth was ‘the dominant image of 20th-century totalitarianism.’
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.
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.
The pope also shared a story from the life of St. Therese of Lisieux.
He said: ‘Please, pray for me who is a little old and a little, but not too much, sick!’
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.
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.
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 announced Sunday the establishment of an international day to honor grandparents and the elderly to take place each year in July.
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.
The elderly are crucial in a society respectful of the rights of all, Pope Francis told leaders and members of Italy’s National Association of Elderly Workers on Monday.