ROME — In a visit to a community dedicated to serving the poor and needy, Pope Francis warned of the poverty of Europe, which faces a declining birthrate, hidden forms of euthanasia and high rates of unemployment.
“Today, I speak of Europe. Europe is tired. We have to help rejuvenate it, to find its roots. It’s true: It has disowned its roots. But we need to help it find them,” he said to the St. Egidio community in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere on June 15.
“The treatment of the elderly, as that of children, is an indicator showing the quality of a society. When the elderly are discarded, when the elderly are isolated and sometimes closed off without affection, it’s a bad...READ MORE