Vatican City, Sep 30, 2019 / 11:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
In his morning homily at the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse, Pope Francis said Monday that the vibrant presence of elderly and young people in communities demonstrates the presence of God.
“The abundance of elderly people and children. This is the sign that when a people care for the old and for the young, and consider them a treasure, there is the presence of God, a promise of future,” the pope said Sept. 30.
When the elderly and young are together, “this is the sign that a people cherishes life,” he said, “that there is a culture of hope: the care of the young and the elderly.”
“The sign of life, the sign of respect for life, of love for life, the sign of making life grow, this is the sign of the presence of God in our communities,” he added.
It is also a “sign of the presence of God that makes a people mature, when there are elderly” involved in the life of the community, the pope said.