Dreamers and prophets
These generations need each other
A baby girl that is born today has a life expectancy of 81.1 years, a little boy of 76.1 years. Previous generations could only dream about the longevity that many of us enjoy today. Yet how do we live this time? While our Western societies are getting older, the desired image is that of eternal youth, and people are not always happier in their last stages of life. Most people grow old far away from their children; some feel isolated and fear becoming a burden. Pope Francis took on this topic and dedicated a catechesis on the elderly, reminding everyone that the generations need each other: without the roots, without the prophecy and wisdom of the elderly, the dreams of the younger generations cannot reach their full potential.
A reflection on the meaning of ailments and suffering in old age
An interview with Noreen McInnes, author of Keep at it, Riley!, about accompanying her father in his final months
An interview with Bishop Brendan Leahy about the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and its consequences
When patience had been sorely tested...