- May 24, 2020
Pope Francis has agreed with a recommendation by the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life to postpone by one year the next gatherings of the World Meeting of Families and World Youth Day.
Local churches and individuals must do more to help and to protect the elderly from loneliness and infection during the coronavirus pandemic, a Vatican office said.
The Vatican office that grants official recognition to international Catholic lay movements and organizations ordered the groups to develop detailed child-protection guidelines and norms for handling allegations of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.
After spending Wednesday afternoon participating in the first Vatican-sponsored International Congress for the Pastoral Ministry to the Elderly in Rome, a group of 45 “pilgrims” from Spain has a message to the organizers: “It’s not about what the Church can do for us, but about what we can do for the Church.”
Statistically speaking, people around the world are living longer; this is particularly true in developed countries. As a response, the Vatican is organizing a workshop in Rome bringing together experts and people who minister to the elderly to reflect on what the Church can do to prepare for the “revolution of longevity.”
Mario and Paola Martinez , who co-direct the Diocese of San Bernardino’s new Office for Marriage and Family Life, said they see the role as an opportunity to serve their community while also offering an example of both lay and Latino leadership.