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Pastoral care of elderly in Italian dioceses in insufficient, Archbishop Paglia warns

June 03, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, presented the results of a survey he commissioned on the pastoral care of the elderly in the 226 Italian dioceses.

“We wanted to investigate the reception of Pope Francis’s magisterium on the elderly because the extension of the years of life that makes Italy the second longest-lived country in the world,” the prelate said.

The survey, entrusted to Fondazione Età Grande and conducted by the multinational marketing research firm Ipsos, found “lack of national coordination, poor ability to value the elderly as a resource, [and] too much concentration on the aspect related to health,” according to Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference.

To address deficiencies in pastoral care, the survey, according to Avvenire, called for “structured national guidelines,” the involvement of lay professionals, “more formation ... more listening to needs, [and] a greater ability to rethink ecclesiastical realities as a meeting place not only for young people, but also for people of all ages, including the elderly.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 06, 2024 1:44 AM ET USA

    There it is again: "Pope Francis’s magisterium". When will certain prelates cease and desist from this cult of personality?