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Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 18, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of our prayer of protest’

May 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope dedicated his general audience address to the Book of Job. Read more

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

Pope Francis invites grandparents to join a ‘spiritual and non-violent revolution’

May 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope made the appeal in his message for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 4, 2022.

Pope Francis: Faith is not something only ‘for old people’

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on April 20, 2022.

Pope Francis: To discard the elderly ‘is a grave sin’

Apr 20, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

It was the first Wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, March 30, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Rhetoric of inclusion’ is not enough to forge a ‘culture of social tenderness’

Mar 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope said that ‘the rhetoric of inclusion is the ritual formula of every politically correct discourse.’ Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, March 23, 2022.

Pope Francis: My grandfather taught me to loathe war

Mar 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope said that the suffering of war ‘isn’t learned in books or in other ways,’ but rather ‘from grandparents... Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 23, 2022.

Pope Francis decries excessive ‘exaltation of youth’ as he begins new catechesis series on old age

Feb 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

He said that idealized youth was ‘the dominant image of 20th-century totalitarianism.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco in Rome on Oct. 22, 2021.

Pope Francis asks religious sisters to pray for him: 'It is not easy to be the pope'

Oct 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope also shared a story from the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. Read more

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’

Sep 17, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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’

Jun 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

Feb 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Jan 31, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Nov 27, 2020

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

Sep 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Jul 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Apr 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 31, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Dec 16, 2019

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