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

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

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"

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims after the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 4, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Urges "community of solidarity" Between Young and Old

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.