Vatican: At his general audience on June 1, Pope Francis emphasised on the role of the elderly in the society. He mentioned that the older generation is capable of giving an example of perseverance in prayer and a surrender in the Lord.

At the audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope quoted Psalm 71: “Be my rock of refuge, my stronghold to give me safety; for you are my rock and fortress.” He also went on to add that the elderly are at an age where they tend to abandon themselves and care for others, starting from God. “The elderly, by virtue of their weakness, can teach those who are living in other stages of life that we all need to abandon ourselves to the Lord, to invoke his help,” remarked the Holy Father. He was also concerned by the older people being targets of fraud, and being abandoned by their families as part of the ‘throwaway culture.’

The Pope concluded his words by stressing that the society must take care of their elderly and ‘treat them the way one wants to be treated in old age.’

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