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Popes Francis, Benedict Stress Importance of Elderly in Society

Elderly people, including former Pope Benedict, attended a gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican on Sunday, where Pope Francis denounced the neglect and abandonment of the old as “hidden euthanasia.” During the festive event in St. Peter's Square, Francis addressed some 40,000 elderly people - grandfathers, grandmothers, widows and widowers. The pope sought to underscore the importance of the old in society and he said homes for the elderly could not be allowed to...

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