Vatican City, Apr 7, 2020 / 13:35 pm
During the coronavirus pandemic, saving the elderly must be just as important as saving others, the Vatican's Laity, Family, and Life dicastery has said.
In an April 6 statement, the dicastery said "despite the complexity of the situation we live in, it is necessary to clarify that saving the lives of the elderly who live within residential homes or who are alone or sick, is a priority as much as saving any other person."
"Faced with the scenario of a generation hit so severely, we have a common responsibility, which stems from the awareness of the invaluable value of every human life and from gratitude to our fathers and grandparents," it continued.
The statement noted that in Italy, one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is estimated that 80% of the people who have so far lost their lives to the virus were over the age of 70.