What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Vatican

Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.
Vatican

Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.
World

Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
Vatican

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.
Vatican

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has stressed how important the elderly are for society

2014-09-20

The plight of the elderly has been an issue close to the Pope's heart. On various occasions throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has highlighted the important role the elderly, particularly grandparents, play in society.

POPE FRANCIS
July 26, 2013
"How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society! How important it is to have intergenerational exchanges and dialogue, especially within the context of the family.”

He has also noted the part they play in transmitting faith to the younger generations.

POPE FRANCIS
November 19, 2013
"Let's pray for our grandfathers and grandmothers, who so very often have played a heroic role in transmitting the faith, even in times of persecution. When mom and dad weren't home, or when they had a strange belief system that reflected the politics of that time, grandparents were the ones who passed on the faith.” 

Now leading up to the Synod of the Family and next year's World Meeting of Families, the Pope will call attention to this important aspect of the family on September 28th when he meets with grandparents and elderly from around the world. 

The meeting, entitled "The Blessing of a Long Life”, will include the witness of several elderly people who will speak on their experience in this final stage in life. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family noted the significance of the event. 

ARCH. VINCENZO PAGLIA
President, Pontifical Council for the Family
"It is the first time the Pope will meet with a significant number of elderly people. It is not just any audience. It's meant to underline that the Church, the politicians, administrators, and the economical system need to reflect on the importance of these advanced years in our life.”

Archbishop Paglia said that a notable moment at the event will be the participation of two elderly refugees from Iraq who will give witness to "the absurdity of war”.


JAE
CTV/MG
FA
-BN
Up:AC