Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church to pray in a special way for the elderly during the month of July.
The choice is fitting, since families from around the world will gather in Rome later this month for the World Meeting of Families on June 22-26.
‘You young people, who want to build something new, a better world, follow her example, take risks,’ the pope urged.
Healthcare workers “have given their lives during this pandemic to help so many sick people recover,” Pope Francis said.
‘Let us pray that we may give a Christian response to bioethical challenges,’ the pope said.
The pope called persecution ‘inhuman’ and ‘insane.’
Pope Francis instituted a new ministry of catechist in May.
The condition affects an estimated 280 million people worldwide.
He said: “Jesus asks us all ... to be missionary disciples. Are you ready?”
He made the appeal in his prayer intention for September.