Book Offers Papal Messages to Elderly
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VALENCIA, Spain, JULY 7, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A book containing messages to the elderly from Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II is meant to contribute to the defense of the dignity of the aging.
On Thursday, Caritas Spain, the Crescendo Network and the Ascendant Life Movement presented the book "The Pope and the Elderly."
The volume was presented during the International Fair of Families being held in Valencia in the context of the 5th World Meeting of Families, which the Pope will visit July 8-9.
The book, published by Caritas-Spain, is meant to contribute to the "defense of the dignity" of the elderly and to sensitize public opinion on the "need to promote a Christian and human aging process," said Concha Guillén, director of Valencia's diocesan Caritas.
Those presenting the book lamented that at present, "the economic view prevails, in which the person who doesn't produce doesn't count." However, the elderly "have much to contribute and to transmit to society, in collaboration with the Church."