Pope Francis sent the following message to the Pontifical Academy for Life today, on the occasion of their general assembly and the 20th anniversary of the academy. The theme for this year's meeting is 'Aging and Disability'.
The Holy Father speaks about a "tyrannical dominion" which leads to the exclusion and "at times evens kills" the elderly.
"Many fall victim to this," he says. "We have created a ‘throw away’ culture which is now spreading." It's a culture, he says, that is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but exclusion.
The Pope ends by saying the "gravest deprivation" experienced by the aged is "not the weakening of one’s physical body, nor the disability...READ MORE