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Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2015 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis condemned modern society for silently disposing of the elderly, saying that a civilization which views them only as burdensome is ‘perverse’ and ill.

“It’s is a mortal sin to discard our elderly…The elderly are not aliens. We are them – in a short or in a long while we are inevitably them, even though we choose not to think about it,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his March 4 general audience address.

“A society where the elderly are discarded carries within it the virus of death,” he said, and warned that if we do not learn to care for and respect our elderly, “we will be treated in the same way.”

He recounted the story of how he visited a home for the elderly while still Archbishop…

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