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Vatican plans special session for the elderly

Catholic World News - July 04, 2014

The Vatican has announced plans for a special gathering for elderly people on September 28, organized around the theme: “The blessing of long life.”

The day-long event, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will culminated in a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, who will also meet with registered participants. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Council, said that the event has been organized in response to the Pope’s frequent remarks that contemporary society does not respect the role of elderly people.

“Thanks to God, our lives have become longer,” the archbishop said. As a result, he suggested, “old age must be rethought, and the commitment of the elderly in the world and in the Church must be reconsidered.”

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