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“The quality of a society, I mean of a civilization, is also judged by how it treats elderly people and by the place it gives them in community life.” Pope Francis

According to estimates by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 6 people aged over 60 suffers from abuse – that means nearly 141 million people globally. This number might be much higher as elder abuse is one of the most hidden and under-reported violations.

On several occasions, Pope Francis has underscored the value of the elderly and their protection.

During the Covid-19 lockdown in Italy, the Pope Francis said: “Many of the older people are afraid of dying alone but “they are our roots, our story, our history” He invited all to pray for them, “that the Lord might be close to them in this moment.”

He also said that: “ignoring and abandoning the elderly “is a brutal thing, it is a sin.” … “The quality of a society, I mean of a civilization, is also judged by how it treats elderly people and by the place it gives them in community life.”  

Let us always give older people the place that is theirs in society and respect their dignity and their rights.