Pope Francis to the young: Get the elderly out of ‘the closet’
Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he arrives for a private audience granted to members of the Shalom Catholic Community at the Vatican, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (Credit: L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Via AP.)
Speaking off-the-cuff to the Brazil-born Shalom Catholic Community, Pope Francis acknowledged that he's already spoken many times about the need for dialogue between the young and the elderly, but warned that he'll continue to do so, because in it lies the future.
ROME- Pope Francis urged the young not to keep the elderly “in the closet” and instead to talk with them, because inter-generational dialogue is the key to the future.
Dialogue between the young and old, the pope said on Monday, comes easily once youth make the effort of engaging their grandparents, or visit the elderly at their retirement homes. Once it starts, Francis said, “young people don’t want to leave. Because from the elderly there’s wisdom, a wisdom that reaches the heart of young ones and pushes them forth.”
The pope also acknowledged that he’s said similar things before, but said that he’s going to continue repeating them until they make an impact.
“Your grandparents have the wisdom, and furthermore, they have the need for you to knock on the door of their hearts to share their wisdom,” Francis said. “That dialogue is a promise for the future, it’s what’s going to help us move forth.”
Francis’s words came as he was addressing some 3,000 members of the Brazilian-born movement “Shalom”. …