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Without respect for the elderly, society has no future, Pope tells congregation

November 19, 2013

A society that fails to treat elderly people with respect has no future because it is destroying its own memories, Pope Francis warned the congregation at a morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on November 19.

Reflecting on the day’s reading from the Book of Maccabees, the Pope drew attention to the example set by Eleazar, who saw his own martyrdom as a means to encouraging young people in the faith. Too often, the Pope said, in our own age the elderly are dismissed as useless rather than recognized as society’s treasures.


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