Teachers of tenderness,” the Pope’s life project for the elderly: the Pope Video for July”

This month, the Pope speaks to us in the first person to transmit his prayer intention to us: he himself is among the elderly who have never before been this numerous “in the history of humanity.” Francis tells us that society offers the elderly “many plans for assistance, but few projects for existence,” forgetting the great contribution they can still make. They “are the bread that nourishes our lives, the hidden wisdom of a people,” the Pope adds, inviting us to “celebrate them” on a “day dedicated to them”: the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Sharing this video is a way to thank them for all they are and do in our families. “We cannot speak about family without talking about the importance of the elderly among us. There have never been so many of us in the history of humanity, but we don’t quite know how to live this new stage of life: there are many plans for assistance for the old age, but few projects for existence. We elderly people often have a special sensitivity for care, for reflection, and affection. We are, or we can become, teachers of tenderness. And indeed we can! In this world accustomed to war, we need a true revolution of tenderness. We have a great responsibility towards new generations about this. Let us remember: grandparents and the elderly are the bread that nourishes our lives, the hidden wisdom of a people. That is why we must celebrate them, and I have established a day dedicated to them. Let us pray for the elderly, that they may become teachers of tenderness so that their experience and wisdom may help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.” If you want to see more videos and other content about the Pope’s intentions, you can find them at https://www.thepopevideo.org/ With the collaboration of Vatican Media: http://www.vaticannews.va and the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life: http://www.laityfamilylife.va/content…, and the Fondazione Alberto Sordi: https://www.fondazionealbertosordi.it/

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