Let us not abandon the elderly!

Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

The elderly are very much treasured by Pope Francis. Suffice to have a look at his innumerable speeches to notice how many times he mentions them. For the Argentinean Pontiff the elderly today risk being crushed by the throwaway culture of our times.

The bottom line message of his address to the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who met in Rome for their General Assembly on Thursday 5 March 2016 was simply this: We must not abandon the elderly! In his observations to the Assembly which centred on the theme: Assisting the elderly and palliative care, Pope Francis said that palliative care “is an expression of the properly human attitude of taking care of one another, especially of those who suffer. It bears witness that the human person is always precious, even if marked by age and sickness.” Continue reading “Let us not abandon the elderly!”