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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged the Church to challenge the current throwaway culture by fostering a joyful embrace and a fruitful dialogue between the young and the old.

Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, the Pope continued in his catechesis on the family, focusing for the second week in a row, on grandparents.

I too – Francis said – belong to this age group, and I speak putting myself into their shoes. It is important to highlight – he said – that although society tends to discard us, the Lord certainly does not. 

In fact – he continued – He calls us to follow Him in every moment of our lives including old-age which contains a special grace and mission.

It is not a time – he said – “to give up” and be marginalized.

The Gospel, Pope Francis pointed out…

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