Seeing the elderly only as a burden “is ugly. It’s a sin,” Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience.
“We must reawaken our collective sense of gratitude, appreciation and hospitality, helping the elderly know they are a living part of their communities” and sources of wisdom for the younger generations, the 78-year-old pope said March 4 at his weekly general audience.
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“If we do not learn to treat the elderly well,” the pope said, “we won’t be treated well either” when the time comes.