- Feb 27, 2021
There may be a correlation between declining fertility rates and rapidly rising elderly populations in many societies around the world, and the extent to which those societies have been impacted by the coronavirus.
With an aging Catholic population, Xavier Society for the Blind produces Braille books on spiritual and religious topics and provides Braille catechetical textbooks for students in religious education courses.
As part of a fundraiser to support elderly religious, Philadelphia sisters are challenging area Catholics to a battle of wits.
During a youth vigil on Saturday to rally enthusiasm for the Catholic Church’s next World Youth Day, to be held in Panama in 2019, Pope Francis told young people they’re the future even if he may not be around to see it. “I don’t know if it will be me, but the pope will be in Panama!” he told the crowd at the St. Mary Major basilica.
As the elderly population in many societies around the world explodes, a trend demographers sometimes call the ‘Grayby Boom,’ the Catholic bishops of Australia are insisting that the challenges aren’t merely economic and related to production, but are ultimately about the human dignity of aging persons.
The Catholic Church in the United States is becoming increasingly Hispanic and and also getting older, and both trends are reflected in the U.S. delegation for World Youth Day — there are more Latinos/Latinas, and most pilgrims are in their 20s or older.