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Pope speaks out on solidarity with the aged

Pope John Paul II has urged Catholics to practise positive discrimination in favour of the elderly, in a message to the President of the Brazilian Bishops Conference.

He said solidarity toward one's neighbour is "even more necessary: when it is a question of the elderly.

Such an attitude, he continued, implies a "change of mentality".

The Holy Father was delivering his annual message to the Church in Brazil, on the occasion of its traditional Campaign for Fraternity.

He said: "It is necessary to substitute the utilitarian and materialist culture - that measures the value of the human being by what he produces and consumes - with a culture that recognises the 'absolute' value of each person, no matter what his degree of ability or efficiency is."


Catholic Health says palliative care missing from Govt Aged Care Review (4/3/03)
Call for better community care for aged on World Day of the Sick (11/2/03)
Pope urges "effective inclusion" of elderly in society (15/4/02)
Cardinal says older persons are "guardians of the collective memory" (11/4/02)

6 Mar 2003