Thursday, 09 April 2020 14:36

Corona virus kills more elderly because of loneliness and abandonment--Vatican

“Let us join in prayer for grandparents and the elderly around the world. Let us gather around them with our thoughts and hearts, and when possible, let’s act, so that they be not alone."

The Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has issued through its website a letter inviting the Catholic Church to pray for the elders and assist them with their needs during this worldwide outbreak of corona virus. More importantly, the faithful are encouraged to express maternal caress to each of them. The letter entitled “In loneliness, the coronavirus kills more” was issued on April 7, 2020.


"Our concerns and grateful thoughts go out to [the elderly] today, to return at least a little of that tenderness with which each of us has been accompanied in life, and that the maternal caress of the Church reach each of them,” according to the letter.

 “Loneliness can be a disease, but with charity, closeness, and spiritual comfort we can heal it,” quoting the Holy Father, Pope Francis, The Dicastery expressed that the elders’ mental health should be one of its focus in facing the corona virus pandemic such as triggering loneliness, and a feeling of abandonment.”

 "It is important to do everything possible to remedy this condition of abandonment”. In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, it carries on by “this could mean saving lives.” they added.”

With the limitation to conduct a visit to our loved ones during the imposition of lockdown and home quarantine as well as social distancing, according to the Dicastery, the faithful recognize the use of modern technology and communication platforms to be used in order for them to reach out to their loved ones, especially the elder people.

"We must devote new energies to defend the elderly from this storm, just as each of us has been protected and cared for in the small and large storms of our lives," the dicastery said. "We cannot leave the elderly alone, because in solitude the coronavirus kills more," the Dicastery wrote.

The Vatican office also urged families and the lay faithful to recognize the efforts of those who assist the elderly in the residential facilities with their tireless sacrifices. According to the Dicastery, “Saving the lives of the elderly who live within residential homes or who are alone or sick, is a priority as much as saving any other person”. This is affirmed by an excerpt of the Supreme Pontiff saying, "the elderly are the present and the tomorrow of the Church.” (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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