- Apr 21, 2021
To express the closeness of God and of the church to every older person, Pope Francis has chosen “I am with you always” from the Gospel of Matthew as the theme for the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
Lucia DeClerck has survived the 1918 influenza pandemic, two world wars, the loss of three husbands, one son and many of her physicians. Recently added to the list: COVID-19, which she tested positive for on her 105th birthday.
Universally recognized human rights are “undermined and rejected” whenever people “are no longer seen as a paramount value to be cared for and respected,” Archbishop Gabriele Caccia told a U.N. working group on aging.
After the “massacre of the elderly” due COVID-19 pandemic, the Vatican is calling for the world to re-think the way it cares for old people.
Even though the haven’t worked for the pope in 150 years, police over the holidays acted as his hands and feet, bringing comfort and cheer to elderly who were alone for Christmas.
When Father Michael Garvey arrived for his shift as a chaplain at the Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, on Tuesday morning, his first stop was the coronavirus floor, right now full with 24 patients.
Netflix has announced that next year it plans to release a new documentary series sharing the stories of elderly people from around the world, including Pope Francis.
European bishops are calling for a societal shift in how the elderly are viewed and treated in light of both the coronavirus pandemic and a notable change in demographic trends in the continent’s aging population.