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“I would like to invite the young to perform a gesture of tenderness towards the elderly” Pope Francis asks not to leave the elderly alone with the “inventiveness of love”

July 26 2020

Pope Francis
ELDERLYThere is no future without the elderly

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I would like to invite the young to perform a gesture of tenderness towards the elderly, especially the loneliest, in their homes and residences, those who have not seen their loved ones for many months. Dear young people, each one of these elderly people is your grandparent! Do not leave them by themselves. Use the inventiveness of love, make telephone calls, video calls, send messages, listen to them and, where possible, in compliance with the healthcare rules, go to visit them too. Send them a hug.

With these words Pope Francis recalled the feast of Saints Joachim and Anna, “grandparents” of Jesus. And he added:

They are your roots. An uprooted tree cannot grow, it does not blossom or bear fruit. This is why the bond and connection with your roots is important. “The blossom of a tree comes from what it has underground”, says a poet from my homeland. Therefore I invite you to give a big round of applause for our grandparents, everyone!