Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope visits rest home as 'coeval' to elderly residents

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Vatican City, November 12 - Pope Benedict XVI paid
homage to the importance of the elderly on a visit to the
Sant'Egidio rest home in Rome on Monday.
The 85-year old pope said he came not only "as the bishop
of Rome" but especially "as an elderly person visiting his
coevals".
"I know well the difficulties, the problems and the limits
of this age, and I know that these difficulties, for many, are
aggravated by the economic crisis," said the elderly pontiff,
Joseph Ratzinger.
The pope added that though the elderly are fragile and in
need of care, they are capable of a social role, of giving
affection and help to new generations and, through prayer, to
the needs of the world.
"There can not be true human growth and education without
fertile contact with the elderly, because their very existence
is like an open book in which younger generations can find
precious indications for the journey of life," the pope said.
Ratzinger also alluded to the bible, saying "longevity is a
blessing," and added that even if sometimes "days seem long and
empty" one needs to "never get discouraged".
"Whoever embraces the elderly embraces life" the pope
continued, and despite the fragility that comes with many years,
life "never loses its dignity and value", he said.
The pope visited the Sant'Egidio community in response to
an informal invitation extended by its members.

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