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Pope Francis offers prayers to lonely elderly

An elderly man wearing a mask at a market in Milan, Italy to protect himself from the new coronavirus. ( photo)

Pope Francis has offered his prayers to the elderly, who are not only disproportionately susceptible to the new coronavirus, but also potentially suffering from loneliness.

“Today, I would like us to pray for the elderly who are suffering now in a particular way, with great interior solitude and sometimes great fear. Let us pray that the Lord would be close to our grandfathers and grandmothers — to all the elderly  and give them strength,” Catholic New Service (CNS) cites the pope as saying on March 17 during morning Mass.

The pope added that the elderly “gave us wisdom, life, history — let us also be near them in prayer.”

The pope’s appeal comes as Italy enters its second week of lockdown in response to the new coronavirus pandemic.

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