Pope Francis greets Emanuele Village residents April 12, 2019, in Rome.

Days ahead of World Alzheimers’ Day on Saturday, Pope Francis recalled those affected by the disease in his weekly audience on Wednesday, 18th September 2019. During his weekly audience session in the Vatican, Pope urged prayers not only for those affected but for all the families and caretakers who nurse the victims. 

World Alzheimers’s Day would be observed on 21st September, 2019 worldwide. Yesterday, in his talk the Holy Father reiterated, “(the illness is) a disease that affects many men and women who often become victims of violence, maltreatment and abuse that trample their dignity.” He further continued to state, “We pray for the conversion of hearts and for those affected by Alzheimers’, their families and those who care for them with love.”  On the occasion, the Pontiff also remembered the victims of cancer and prayed for immense support and aid for the victims.

As per reports, around 50 million people in the world suffer from different types of memory-related issues. Within this ratio, about two-thirds of the estimate suffers from Alzheimers’. The Pope’s message prior to the World Alzheimers’ Day is a boost for individuals and organisations as a whole. The day is annually observed to spread awareness and cooperation among people and organisations towards the sensitivity of the forum. 



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