Pope Francis beseeches world to not forget the elderly and dying
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/8/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Pope Francis has urged young people not to neglect the elderly who are dying "because no one cares for them." Meeting with five young Catholics from Belgium, he said that the young today sometimes forget that their elders are pushed away from view, where they die from neglect and loneliness.
Pope Francis said he sensed he had a duty to answer the "restlessness" of young people.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The five faithful posed their questions in English; Francis answered them in Italian. Conducted in the library of the Apostolic Palace, the interview was arranged by a Flemish youth group and was arranged by Bishop Lucas Van Looy of Gent.
Pope Francis said he sensed he had a duty to answer the "restlessness" of young people. When asked what message he had for all young Christians and for those who don't believe, he said: "You have to find authenticity in your way of speaking . In this moment of history, man is pushed out of the center . Young people no longer want children. Families are becoming smaller . the elderly are pushed away, many elderly die because of a sort of hidden euthanasia, because no one cares for them and they die."
When queried if the human race was still capable of taking care of humanity, the Pope answered: "I ask myself this question too, and then I ask myself: 'God, where are you?' . Some people don't find him during their life. They don't find him consciously, but they are so real, so honest about themselves, so good and such lovers of beauty, that in the end they have a very mature and competent personality and meet God in all His grace."
When asked if he also made mistakes, the Pope said: "I have made mistakes and I still make them . In my life I have learned, and I still do, that mistakes are the best teachers." Then when asked about his mistakes he said: "I was too authoritarian. I learned then that you have to enter into dialogue and have to listen to what others think."
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