Pope Francis encouraged people to cherish the time they have with elderly family members, during Monday’s Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square.
This isn't the first time the pope has pushed for better treatment of the elderly. He did so in a 2015 general audience address.
In his address, he called a society that doesn’t help and reach out to its elderly “perverse.”
PopeFrancis also pointed to what scholars call “the century of aging,” where there are more elderly people than children.
I must admit that I have heard similar sentiments expressed time and again across the many decades of my life. We grow old but the topic of the relationship between old and young is ever fresh.