Elderly

The Latest

Pope Francis visits the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome, June 17, 2016.

Pope Francis tells elderly priests: ‘Aging is a privilege’

He said: ‘Please, pray for me who is a little old and a little, but not too much, sick!’ Read more

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy, Oct. 4, 2016.

Pope Francis to elderly: The Church needs your prayers like ‘a deep breath’

The pope released a message ahead of the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Read more

Credit: Photographee.eu / Shutterstock.

Vatican: Institutionalization of elderly a mark of ‘throwaway culture’

The Vatican called on Tuesday for a rethinking of elder care in a document arguing that the elderly are best... Read more

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy Oct. 4, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis proclaims World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Francis announced Sunday the establishment of an international day to honor grandparents and the elderly to take place each... Read more

A detail from a graphic promoting the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life campaign.

Vatican dicastery urges youngsters to share wisdom of elderly people facing Christmas alone

A Vatican dicastery launched a new campaign Friday urging young people to share wisdom gleaned from the elderly facing Christmas... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 16, 2016.

Pope Francis thanks sick and elderly priests for proclaiming Gospel of life

Pope Francis thanked sick and elderly priests for their quiet witness to the Gospel Thursday in a message that conveyed... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Angelus address June 7, 2020.

Pope Francis asks young people to 'send a hug' to the elderly

Pope Francis asked young people Sunday to reach out to the elderly, especially those in nursing homes, to send a... Read more

'Save Our Seniors' photo courtesy of Luana Virgili.

'Save our seniors' - Italian youth organize campaign to honor elderly in isolation

Italian students have organized a campaign to uplift and honor the elderly, who have suffered heavy losses in Italy’s coronavirus... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Casa Santa Marta March 13, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for elderly, alone and scared during coronavirus pandemic

Pope Francis prayed Tuesday for the elderly, who are suffering from isolation, loneliness, and fear during the coronavirus pandemic.  Read more

Pope Francis addresses participants in the international congress 'The Richness of Many Years of Life' in the Vatican's Sala Regia, Jan. 31, 2020.

Pope Francis: Grandparents provide crucial link to faith in secularized societies

Grandparents can play a pivotal role in ensuring that the faith is passed on to their grandchildren in secularized societies,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims after the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 4, 2019.

Pope Francis urges 'community of solidarity' between young and old

The elderly are crucial in a society respectful of the rights of all, Pope Francis told leaders and members of Italy’s... Read more

Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly celebrate founder’s feast day

Nearly 2,000 Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly celebrated the August 26 feast day of their foundress, Saint Teresa de... Read more

With Venezuela in turmoil, how one religious sister cares for the elderly

Mother Emilia Rivero runs the Providence Nursing Home Foundation in Caracas, Venezuela. Even in ordinary times, caring for lonely, poor,... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at a presentation of Sharing the Wisdom of Time at the Vatican, Oct. 23, 2018.

Pope Francis lauds wisdom of old age

Pope Francis spoke about the wisdom and knowledge of the faith older people can share with the young at a... Read more

Our elders are lonely – do we care?

It was August in Rome, the dog days of summer, and most people had left the Eternal City for the... Read more

Pope Francis visits the elderly in Rieti, Italy on Oct. 4, 2016.

Pope Francis is praying for grandparents this December

In his prayer video for the month of December, Pope Francis prays for grandparents and the elderly, urging people to... Read more

Pope Francis at a Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square June 22, 2016.

The old still have a lot to offer young people, Pope Francis says

On Tuesday Pope Francis said that the older generation should not stop striving in their spiritual lives, but that God... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor. Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

These nuns provide 'death with dignity' - but it's not assisted suicide

As states around the country consider legalizing physician-assisted suicide, “death with dignity” looks markedly different for patients under the care... Read more

Dona Penha, 101, receives First Communion.

101-year-old woman receives First Communion

At 101 years old, Dona Penha has seen quite a bit of life. But the centenarian experienced something new on... Read more

Japan reacts to mass stabbing at care center for the disabled.

Japan knife attack shows disabled persons 'have to be protected'

Following Tuesday's mass killing at a care home in Japan for persons with mental disabilities, one of the country's bishops... Read more