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EWTN NEWS IN DEPTH July 23, 2021 | Full Episode: World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

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hello i’m monte alvarado and this is ewtn news in depth pope francis starts a new tradition as the church celebrates the first world day for grandparents and the elderly i think that grandparents are the heart and soul of the family they are there they are the patriarchs they are the role models a woman who was a driving force behind this special day shares her joy at the official recognition for seniors increasingly as the elderly population is growing and growing by leaps and bounds it’s going to become more of a crisis the serious challenges the little sisters of the poor face in caring for aging communities what’s needed to make sure seniors receive proper support and ewtn is there postcoved as the holy land slowly reopens to visitors ewtn news in depth is next dear grandfathers and grandmothers dear elderly friends i am with you always are also the words that i as bishop of rome and an elderly person like yourselves would like to address to you on this first world day of grandparents and the elderly pope francis’s message of solidarity and compassion in his announcement of the first world day for grandparents and the elderly the theme i am with you always welcome to ewtn news in depth this weekend the catholic church will honor our seniors with a new day dedicated to them the fourth sunday of july coincides with the feast day of saint joachim and saint ann they’re the parents of our blessed mother and the earthly grandparents of jesus we can embrace them as our spiritual grandparents while the new testament has no specific information about their lives there are apocryphal writings about them the church honors saints joachim and anne for their role in the salvation of the world pope francis notes the role grandparents and the elderly play for the salvation of souls today with their prayers and works in their communities this day of recognition comes after years of one organization’s work in promoting it mark irons shares the story of one of the advocates and some of the catholic grandparents there today it’s a great joy to see grandchildren willing to take time out of their busy schedules to come talk to us spend time with us share their life with us bob and beverly ward say nothing compares to being grandparents i look at the grandchildren that we have now and how special each one is to me beverly 79 and bob 80 are among the elderly around the world to be celebrated by the catholic church this sunday the world day for grandparents and the elderly has become a reality thanks to the catholic grandparents association i am truly overjoyed and i think that it’s like a bit like mission accomplished and i can die happy since 2012 katherine wiley the founder of the organization has been advocating for a day of recognition for grandparents and the elderly just as the younger celebrated as well as having a world youth day that we needed desperately needed a world today for grandparents the catholic grandparents association logo shows saints joke him and anne the grandparents of jesus everything we know about these holy grandparents comes to us through tradition or apocryphal writings and again what is consistent in all the stories is they were a holy pious couple dan miolo works in mission ministry at the saint john paul ii national shrine in washington d.c the shrine is preparing for its own celebration of grandparents and the elderly this weekend miola says through prayer catholics can build a relationship with saints jokim and ann they were devoted to acts of charity as well and i think this day in particular pope francis is calling us to to live out those acts of charity towards the elderly towards our grandparents pope francis once said the elderly who have the faith are like trees that continue to bear fruit faith has strengthened the marriage of bob and beverly ward i think that that’s been the whole thing that has really united us always and the wards share what they’ve learned with their six grandkids to trust god in his divine plan it’s far better than what you can figure out catherine wiley says the elderly are tasked with passing on the catholic faith to younger generations when the branch children come to stay with me we say grace before meals they all know it off by heart we say night prayers and they’re the same prayers dan miola told us he comes from a broken family and his grandparents were the main role models for love and later his marriage without a doubt i am the person i am today because of my grandparents they were that important in being a mentor to me about the faith about love and about marriage they gave me hope and now the elderly will be recognized by the global catholic church annually from here on out every year grandparents will be honored and thanked and acknowledged for everything they do for the church and for the family and bring together families and grandchildren mark irons ewtn news in depth the first request for a world day for grandparents was made at the eucharistic congress in dublin in 2012. in 2017 the catholic grandparents association made a formal appeal to pope francis and four years later the prayer requests were answered with the announcement of a new church-wide celebration pope francis is granting plenary indulgences for those who participate in the first world day of grandparents in the elderly which is july 25th the indulgence will be granted under sacramental confession eucharistic communion and prayer and according to the intentions of the pope while he presides over mass it’s also granted for those who devote time visiting the elderly or those who are sick or disabled the church teaches all life is precious from conception until natural death a teaching that contradicts the current throwaway culture that has permeated our society numerous catholic organizations and apostolates embrace our aging communities including the little sisters of the poor sister constance vit the communications director of the little sisters of the poor is on the record to explain that help and what’s needed to keep care for our seniors what does this mean to you it’s very personal to you i believe yes it is very personal to me because um by my vocation as the little sister of the poor i’ve given my life to the church and to the elderly specifically to the elderly because that’s our sole apostolate so to see the elderly being honored and recognized in this way is a very deep joy for me and it’s something i’ve noticed about pope francis’s pontificate from the beginning how often he speaks about the elderly and how often he encourages young people to connect with their elders the first time i really noticed it was at a world youth day so to think that at a world youth day you know a day dedicated to an event dedicated to youth he encouraged them to be united with their grandparents and with the elderly so that really touched me and then when pope francis came to the united states in 2015 and we had the opportunity to meet him that’s what i said to him you know i rehearsed all day what i was going to say to him and what i said to him was to thank him for the attention that he’s bringing to the elderly so then how does your ministry let’s take a step back and talk about the little sisters of the poor how do you answer that call in matthew 28 20. i’m with you always that pope francis is always talking about right well you know for us as little sisters that’s what our life is all about what our mission is all about to assure the elderly that they’ll never be alone they’ll never be abandoned and so first of all we say to them each of us says to them i will always be with you but then we hope that our presence will be a reminder to them that god is always with them you know it doesn’t stop with us but our whole hope and our whole effort is to bring the presence of christ to them and so your order does what kind of care of the elderly we um so we’re an international congregation and all over the world we have homes for the elderly where we welcome them into our home and and they become family to us so um you know to create a home a true home with them so we don’t do for instance we don’t do in-home nursing going out to people’s home like visiting nurses and we don’t um you know work out on the street with people it’s all about bringing people into our houses which are true homes and incorporating them into our family and how do you provide for them good question um so we provide for them um it varies around the world because as like in the united states we do receive font medicaid funds because we are only for the low-income elderly so here in the states they do many of them do they’re eligible for medicaid but even what we receive from medicaid and other forms of income like pensions they might have usually only covers about half of our expenses and so for the rest we have a tradition since the beginning of the congregation of going out into the community and begging for alms we call it the begging or the collecting you know where we ask people in our local communities to support us today this is done in many ways by mail campaigns by online giving but we still have sisters who go out on a regular basis out into the community to markets to businesses to ask for gifts in kind and so that’s really what sustains us and you know it’s all the time it’s not like one capital campaign and then it’s over it’s like to keep to keep our mission going it’s it we keep it going we sustain it with donations let’s talk a little bit about what pope francis is asking the elderly to do he said that the great commission doesn’t stop when you become old right so what is this call to the elderly to join in the great commission what are they supposed to do okay he talks all the time he has three key words with the elderly dream dream memory and prayer so the first one dream it’s the hardest one for me to um explain it comes from the prophet joel um young men shall dream jean young man sells she visions and old men shall dream dreams and i think what he means by that is that the elderly still have a vision or a dream about what they wish for life for society for the world and for them to share that with young people to inspire young people then memory is to remember he talks about that interestingly with some of the tragic things of the past like the second world war passing on these stories yes passing on these stories and often they might involve hardship or struggle to give a context to young people you know for their dreams because one of the problems with our current culture with um the you know the dominant culture is that there’s no memory it’s as if we were born today not even yesterday but today but to give them a memory to help them appreciate where we come from how we got to where we are the impact of events and you know that old saying history repeats itself you know so to help them have a sense of history and memory and then the third thing is prayer certainly to the prayer of intercession to try to intercede for the needs of the world and that is really beautiful because even an elderly person who’s living alone who might be housebound who might be isolated they might not have direct contact with younger people but they can always offer their prayers for the needs of the world and that’s what we tell our residents you know particularly those who are very infirm just still they still have the opportunity to offer their sufferings and their sacrifices for the needs of the world and so you very much take on that call that there’s no retirement age in the work of the great commission um so then let’s talk a little bit about the struggles that you’ve encountered and the challenges that you see in doing your work and caring for the elderly what are the major challenges well i think um there are certain challenges specific to the pandemic time and then the ongoing challenge just i would say pre-pandemic and let’s hope post-pandemic that it comes to an end um you know there is a certain amount of ageism in society i think we’re actually experiencing more and more a difficulty finding staff enough staff and trained staff to care for the elderly and there are real shortages in the workforce with geriatric trained physicians social workers psychologists nurses all the way down to the level of nursing assistants who are the real ones who do the bulk of the hands-on care in our homes and so you know there’s it’s a complex thing but in our society i think caregivers are not um they’re not recompensed enough there aren’t incentives to go into geriatrics and that starts from physicians all the way down you know there are exciting specialties that are very lucrative but geriatrics is not one of them so i think there’s not enough money allocated in our you know federal budgets for instance and not another value yeah it’s not encouraged enough for people to choose elder care as a profession and so you know increasingly as the elderly population is growing and growing by leaps and bounds it’s going to become more of a crisis um the lack of care of trained caregivers i i would say that’s our biggest challenge because god always seems to provide for us financially and um yeah the money although it’s a constant ongoing challenge he always seems to come through but more and more the challenge is um in the area of caregivers and people letting people or inspiring people so they’re so god can move their hearts to want to give their life to the elderly the way that you have yes caregivers and vocations i should say 100 is the other big challenge for us yeah they go hand in hand so then how does this day give you hope what does this mean to you and your community well for me i’m using it as an opportunity to raise people’s awareness of the gifts that the elderly can offer also our duty you know god in the ten commandments for us to honor our mother and father and i was actually reading recently that that actually was not written for little kids to obey their parents but it really in scripture refers more to the duty to care for one’s parents throughout life especially their elderly parents so i would hope that this day raises awareness of the duty that we have pope francis in something that he wrote or one of his talks he talked about accepting the elderly as a gift and and re invigorating a sense of hospitality and acceptance toward them so i’m hoping that this day will contribute to that thank you so much sister constance you’re welcome sister constance also shared her unique artwork reflecting the world day for grandparents and the elderly you can find out more about this on our social media channels facebook twitter and instagram where we will share more exclusive content we continue our hour-long coverage about grandparents and the elderly next important catholic voices join us to talk more about making sure our seniors are cherished and well cared for as they age then later fighting back against the myths and fallacies of ageism an expert panel weighs in and mysteries of the faith we will travel to the most holy place in all of christianity the birthplace of jesus christ and ewtn pilgrimage is coming up the future of the world depends on this covenant between young and old who if not the young can take the dreams of the elderly and make them come true pope francis expresses the importance of a generational commitment to one another during his announcement of the first world day for grandparents and the elderly welcome back to ewtn news in depth i’m monse alvarado as we explore what this special day means for our senior community we want to recognize the importance of advocating for the elderly and committing to protecting our aging communities to expand on this topic we’re joined now by catherine lopez senior fellow at the national review institute and dr charles kamosi author and associate professor at fordham university thank you so much for joining us catherine you have an important role with cardinal dolan’s pro-life commission in new york how is advocating for the elderly part of catholic teaching and pro-life values well the archdiocese of new york um palliative care services and part of their arch care program is making sure that the elderly are taken care of but we really saw a crisis in new york state when cobit hit and charlie was a huge part of of being a prophetic voice in that making sure that the most vulnerable especially our elderly in nursing homes were were treated equally um you know we pope francis has talked from the beginning of his pontificate about a throwaway culture and when we saw how we really saw a lens on how we treat our elderly during covid and there were you know wonderful people in nursing homes trying to do their best in emergency conditions but why are we warehousing elderly is a question i think we need to ask ourselves and that pope francis is inviting us to with this this day and um i i think you know every every family has to uh address these issues in in different ways based on you know where they are geographically and and all the rest but we need to value our our old as as we you know celebrate our young so often um that we have so much wisdom to learn from from our elderly and just because they’re not as productive as uh as they used to be doesn’t mean that they’re of less value and sometimes they can be even more productive dr kamosi just like catherine mentioned in 2019 you wrote about resisting the throwaway culture and now you’ve written written a new book called losing our dignity how secularized medicine is undermining fundamental human equality how does this secular understanding of the human person affect the elderly well i think it affects them in two ways first the ways that catherine just mentioned to kind of throw away society if we are not productive if you’re not autonomous if you’re not like the rest of us with regard to those things you just get discarded in a warehouse of death but in that book i think i take it up a notch and say you know about half the people in nursing homes have some kind of dementia and once dementia reaches the point where you lack even kind of rationality and self-awareness there’s another level you hit through a culture where they say you don’t even count as a person like the rest of us we’ve seen this with abortion with prenatal children we’ve seen this with persistent vegetative state and so-called brain death i write about both of those in the book we see it with charlie gard and alfie evans the catastrophic brain injuries they had and how they were also just basically not considered the equal of other kinds of toddlers this redefinition of personhood is definitely something that we have to be wary about catherine you touched on this a little bit the history of hospitals and aid for the poor and the vulnerable in the united states doesn’t exist without the story of the catholic church’s engagement can you explain why right i mean when you think about the the history of the catholic church in the united states there were so many sisters who were trailblazers for helping the the uh the orphans and the widows right and in our new reality in in the church where there are a lot more lay people in leadership we really need to be asking questions and charlie and i have these conversations frequently about if there are abandoned convents and other buildings that our church property could lay people come together and um and you know buy the property and and have have a small home um where we take care of our elderly uh because in every community you know we do have elderly people who are living on their own my heart was broken when i was talking to a pastor in new york city recently and he was talking about the violence that we’ve had in washington square park and there are elderly people who are parishioners who live in some of the buildings around washington square park and they’re terrified well as catholic people why are we not embracing these people and thinking of creative ways to be family to them because they are family um you know if if their family isn’t around um these are the questions i think we need to be asking and the pope francis is inviting us to ask and he had an apostolic exhortation a couple years ago where he talked about our universal call to holiness and he talked about the fact that you know all our saints aren’t going to be headliners our saints are frequently our mothers and grandmothers and and fathers and these asylum and grandfathers these sort of hidden witnesses of sanctity and we need to be more aware of that those who are doing the work of family charles understanding this context that catherine just gave us what are the greatest threats to the elderly today i think the primary threat is full secularization where we move away from this concept of human equality which comes from being made in the image and likeness of god sharing in nature and the fact which reflects the image and likeness of our creator to something like production have you ever heard this phrase being a productive member of society it makes me want to throw up right that’s not where our dignity comes from that’s certainly not where our human equality comes from from um those things come from us sharing a common nature and then on top of it if you add matthew 25 to it we have to look around for those who are on the margins for those who don’t fit with the secularized understanding of who matters and who is valuable once you once you’ve said that there are things called human non-persons like prenatal children and brain dead individuals those in a persistent vegetative state the next shoe to drop are human beings who are fundamentally disabled and don’t have these things anymore so that’s where i see the most potent threat coming from catherine do you think this productivity issue is something that has driven pope francis not from a physical productivity but a lack of spiritual productivity on our on our part oh my goodness yeah i mean that’s that’s why we are where we are you know um we i’m so concerned about this return to normal you know there’s a lot of stuff about normal that wasn’t healthy was not spiritually healthy and part of this is we cannot be ignoring our elderly we cannot be casting aside those who aren’t as productive um you know productivity is not what we’re going to be judged by and we really you know in america in a particular way i think we have a real uh struggle a real temptation here um you know it’s not you know i’m i’m in the public square it’s not my byline that i’m gonna be judged by it’s it’s the love that i show for for my neighbor and that includes you know the slow person walking on the street you know um we really really have to um be looking at each other as as christ you know and um and pope francis knows we’re not doing that so then charlie how do you see the role of the catholic church in being the leader in changing the narrative here well in multiple ways and i i spend the final chapter of the book or the conclusion of the book kind of talking about this but the primary way i think is to not be embarrassed to say human equality comes from being made the image and likeness of god and frankly we have lots of allies on this not only fellow christians but fellow jews and muslims who in some ways are leading the charge on this in many ways i live in new jersey it was it was orthodox jews in new jersey that carved out a religious exemption so that they could take care of their brain dead loved ones and not have them essentially dehydrated and starved to death so first we just need to proclaim this very clearly and and and and carefully and and and forthrightly and and with charity but then i think we need to go further than that i think we do need to organize along some of the ways that catherine was saying we have empty buildings schools convents um rectory sitting around those should not just sit around empty we should be using those and then i think we also need to help cultivate families and empower families one of the main reasons why there are so many elderly warehoused until they die is because families either don’t take choose not to take care of them or they just simply don’t have the resources there aren’t children around to take care of them i’m guilty charlie i look forward to finishing your book take care of them i know that everyone else looks forward to purchasing it as well and catherine thank you so much for being with us ewtn’s website has a host of information on our senior community head to the head to the search bar and type in dignity of older people to read about the church’s relationship with the elderly pastoral care for seniors and find biblical references related to this content we’ll have a grandparent tribute a little later in this show with photo submissions from you our viewers but next top headlines in the week in review scenes of devastation in germany as residents dig out after record floods now major questions about a failed warning system and whether lives could have been saved and as the delta variant surges one group urges coveted vaccinations while the other side takes to the streets to protest so-called covet health passes ewtn news in depth is back after this break topping the week in review in the biggest decline since world war ii life expectancy in the u.s dropped by 1.5 last year that’s an 18-month drop according to the centers for disease control which says the coronavirus is largely to blame americans are now expected to live an average of 77.3 years down from 78 78.8 years in 2019. the report indicates that 75 of the decline can be attributed to deaths from the pandemic 11 percent of the decline stems from accidents or unintentional injuries including drug overdose deaths the delta variant of covet 19 is leading to a rise in cases and hospitalizations across the globe the centers for disease control says that it spreads more easily than other versions cdc has released estimates of variants across the country and predicted the delta variant now represents 83 percent of sequenced cases this is a dramatic increase from from up from 50 for the week of july third two-thirds of adults in the u.s have received their first dose of the vaccine however vaccination rates have slowed the pandemic is also having a significant impact on the olympic games in japan which officially opened on friday all spectators are banned as japan enforces a state of emergency coveted cases are spiking there and despite near empty venues officials remain worried about a super spreader event tokyo’s catholic archbishop has asked visiting athletes and coaches to refrain from attending catholic mass and local churches the archdiocese had originally planned to welcome international visitors but has now canceled all pastoral programs in france more than 100 000 people took to the streets in cities across the country to protest government mandated vaccine passports police went into effect this week making it mandatory to show proof of vaccination in order to access restaurants trains and other public venues demonstrators say the government is overstepping and are wary of the safety of the vaccine despite the protests france has seen a surge in vaccinations drug maker johnson johnson and three big u.s drug distribution companies are on the verge of a multi-billion dollar deal to settle a national lawsuit over the toll of the opioid addiction crisis a coalition of local governments sued the companies the 26 billion dollar settlement is the biggest so far in a complicated web of litigation there will now be a month-long process for state and local governments to decide if they will sign on the money is intended to go towards community treatment recovery and prevention efforts i know so many other moms that are in this situation where they actually lost a child or lost a loved one and so um you know no amount of money can make up for that but hopefully it’ll be enough where people can start getting better access to treatment and things like that at the local level where you know entire cities and counties have just been decimated in some cases several other lawsuits many filed by individual states are expected to begin in coming months the opioid pandemic including the use of both prescription painkillers and illegal drugs like heroin and fentanyl has been linked to more than 500 000 deaths in the u.s since the year 2000. parts of europe have been slammed with severe and deadly flooding after torrential rain last week austria hungary switzerland and belgium were all hit hard more than 30 people died in belgium another 70 are still unaccounted for in germany more than 190 people have died and 700 injured after devastating floods roads and homes have been washed away miles of muddy debris now litter towns rescuers are still searching for hundreds who were unaccounted for their efforts hampered by the sheer scale of the damage to infrastructure multiple bridges are destroyed phone and power lines are down and at least 80 train stations are closed questions are now being raised about the warning systems in germany and politicians facing scrutiny over serious failings in germany’s flood preparedness the u.s and western allies have formally blamed the chinese government for a massive computer hack that affected governments universities and small businesses around the globe the attack on microsoft email servers happened earlier this year the u.s justice department says the chinese are using criminal contract hackers to steal confidential business information and intellectual property this is the first time nato allies have called out china for its aggressive cyber espionage pope francis addressed the civil unrest in cuba at his first appearance at the vatican window since returning from surgery the holy father said he hoped the country will become more just and fraternal nationwide protests rocked communist-run cuba a week ago francis urged cubans to entrust their protection to the blessed mother who he says will accompany them on their journey the general secretary to the united states conference of catholic bishops monsignor jeffrey barill has resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations including reports alleging that he made use of a popular hookup app on his mobile device a statement from the usccb’s president archbishop gomez said the information it received did not include allegations of misconduct with minors but did not elaborate further on the allegations barrel was elected general secretary of the usccb in november of 2020 and has held positions at the north american college in rome and served as a pastor in wisconsin much more still to come here on ewtn news in depth i never in my life seem like this we are feeling that it’s the end of our life and later the aftermath of covet in israel empty shops and empty streets very slowly coming back to life as pilgrims start to return but first being vibrant into our golden years our next guest says old is cool plus seniors giving back through catholic charities foster grandparents program ewtn news in depth we’ll be right back our elderly are vital in passing on our faith and are often an underused resource creating inclusive environments for seniors is paramount to our society’s health here to talk about their work and shifting the narrative of how we view our aging community’s ability to contribute to society our lizzie perales vice president of programs of catholic charities for the diocese of san antonio texas and charlotte villemoren the ceo and co-founder of linked senior lizzie your work with seniors includes a program that connects them to children called the foster grandparent program how does that work hi yes thank you so much for having us so the foster grandparent program is a nationally recognized program that allows seniors who are 55 and older to be of course vetted and placed in whether that’s schools hospitals day cares areas where there’s children in high need for mentoring and tutoring and our grandparents serve on a daily basis to provide social and emotional support to these children to ensure that they have positive outcomes uh both academically and as well in their life and of course it is a huge benefit to our seniors uh reducing their isolation and instilling all the wisdom that they have to share back into the younger generation and why is this such an important opportunity for the aging community in san antonio this opportunity is extremely important because of course as you know many of our seniors are isolated or may not have opportunities to be out and engage with the greater community and so this opportunity gives them an incentive and a reason to go out and to serve um and to take all the wisdom and all of the life lessons that they have had in their lifetime and share that back with our younger generation and as you know this isn’t only good for the senior it’s also good for the child because as you know one of the most important factors for children is to have someone caring in their life that’s helping be a positive role model and so even if a child has one of those people which could be a foster grandparent that will help them have an overall better outcome and quality of life charles you’re doing something very similar but in the for-profit world to create opportunities for seniors what does linked senior do hello thank you for having me um link senior is the company we provide a senior living resin engagement platform so we help assisted living memory care nursing homes engage their elders their residents regardless of their preferences and where they are physically or cognitively so we help them stay socially engaged we empower the staff to increase their satisfaction and we increase and what are some of the positive effects of these programs tell us a little bit more well a lot of our a lot of our work is helping measure the impact on quality of life so we correlate these outcomes with what’s called clinical outcomes that are really measurable and that lead to financial outcomes and through the pandemic something that we’ve kind of partnered with our clients to do is really fighting social isolation we that existed before the pandemic we we know that social isolation is a greater risk to uh healthy aging than obesity and there was an aarp study that shows that it’s as bad as smoking seven cigarettes a day wow but we’ve seen yeah we’ve seen just the impact of social isolation on both the elder and the staff and it’s been it’s been amazing to see the heroes working there every day lizzie charles’s work addresses something we’ve all seen burnout in the long-term care industry but burnout also occurs in other programs how does the foster grandparent program help with burnout for your catholic charity staff that’s a great question thank you so much for asking so of course as you know in the social service field uh there is so much need and so much uh that we can only do as an organization or as a nonprofit so by leveraging our seniors um and by following our catholic social teaching of dignity of the whole person and aging with grace we’re able to utilize these volunteers to do some of our critical work and our mission of selfless service to the community so we truly could not do it without these grandparents there are so many children in our community in need of a positive mentor or role model and we could not do it without our 86 foster grandparents charles your slogan old people are cool what led you to this work and why um so we have this um thank you for asking we have this uh campaign called opportunity now a sticker that we’ve been giving out well that started really because we uh i was lucky to be raised in a family that really valued you know family values and um and i uh i was lucky i just saw something very similar about six years ago and we decided to take a stand as a company and it was a way to give back and you know there’s really a number of reasons but two really important to us which is one you know everybody is cool um you know dr seuss says a person is them a person is a person no matter how small and we believe that is a person a person is a person no matter how old and i think it’s important to yeah it’s important to recognize that every human being has a right for the pursuit of purpose right and and with that it’s important to dignify them so this platform that i just mentioned and again there is a website called old people r dot cool and it’s just it’s just a nice way to engage a conversation around anti-ageism we i’d like to just mention one thing which is important is when we started this campaign people told us that we should try to avoid the world old and that is exactly what we’re trying to do is tackle the fact that as a society we’ve built in a deficiency in the world old and we want to reclaim that word as a valuable word as valuable members of our society and actually honor them and dignify them right rather than creating an off-ramp you’re engaging people again let’s talk absolutely as our last uh our last little question here let’s talk about cultural differences you mentioned you come from a family that valued uh family you come from france charles what’s the difference in what you’ve seen with france and the us here um well in france i think there’s a there are deeper family social connectedness in a sense that families are less spread out um and we spend probably a little bit more time together um and yeah these are principal values the differences that i’ve seen here lizzy what about you in san antonio i’m sure that you have a big immigrant influence is that something that affects your work as well yeah so i think one of the amazing things in san antonio i actually grew up on the northeast in new jersey but san antonio i see a lot of multi-generational families so it’s so wonderful to see when a family’s able to actually have a grandparent uh you know or extended family members living in the same household with them but unfortunately as we know not everybody has that reality we have a lot of seniors that maybe don’t have anyone in their family living close or even someone to care for them and so that’s where we come in as a non-for-profit and some of these programs to identify those seniors and bring them out of isolation well we appreciate your work both of you and the for-profit and the nonprofit sector to engage seniors thank you thank you up next on ewtn news in depth one of the pleasures of retirement for many is the opportunity to finally do some long-anticipated travel well you can stay right where you are as we do the legwork for you we’re whisking you away on a beautiful trip right after the break during the pandemic most international trips were canceled as countries close their borders that includes a destination many people wait their entire lives to visit israel the birthplace of jesus christ but right now thanks to reporter colin flynn we’re going to take you on a pilgrimage to the holy land and you don’t even need to leave your easy chair here’s this week’s faith journey in depth the land where i’m standing now is one of the most holy and sacred and important lands in the world to muslims to jews and christians but like everywhere else when covert hit the country was forced to shut down and for the over 3 million tourists and pilgrims who would come here annually they were not allowed in well after almost a year and a half the holy land is slowly starting to reopen although tourists are still not permitted to enter israel small pilgrim groups with the correct authorization are allowed entry on a trial basis this pilgrimage was organized by a section of the vatican called romana pelegri and had 19 people on the trip including cardinal enrico frochi they are one of the first pilgrimage groups to come back to the holy land and experience it in a very special way right next to a wall known as the israeli west bank barrier a contentious border in the israeli-palestinian dispute is bethlehem and the tour group’s first stop as they pay a visit to the basilica of the nativity outside there is a priest from mexico who is based here and is surprised to see the pilgrimage group i come just to visit the church when i see the group also the group for me it’s a very big surprise it’s a happiness a big happiness a very difficult time for us pray to god that people come to return to the holy land the basilica is the oldest and one of the best preserved churches in the holy land and the group get a chance to take in the incredible mosaics on the walls which are from the time of the crusades telling the story of jesus the mosaics has been renovated two years ago and were made later in the middle ages but are very very beautiful and if you see the mosaics you see angels a movement of angels who go towards the worst towards the grotto under the altar is the grotto and surrounded by lanterns and icons is the spot which they believe is the very spot where jesus was born in a manger two thousand years ago the group prays here and takes in what’s in front of them incredibly they are here almost on their own with just a handful of other pilgrims back outside the basilica in the square of bethlehem there is a small souvenir shop that sells handmade wood carvings ronnie runs this shop which has been in his family for over a hundred years my grandfather epiphany he established this store in 1927 and then victor my father the second generation he’s almost 56 years here and then me and my brother epifanio the third generation and then my son i hope he will be the fourth generation his name is victor the family store has seen many hard times in the past but ronnie says nothing compares to this to see the nativity church without any pilgrim this is a something like a dream we are dreaming and we are sometimes afraid when my father victor tell me ronnie i never in my life seem like this where it’s it’s a we are feeling that it’s the end of our life because 80 percent of the population in bethlehem they are depending on tourism almost 70 of israel’s population is now fully vaccinated in fact israel was hailed as a world leader in the early vaccine rollout after striking a deal with pfizer as a result the number of covet cases hospitalizations and debts has been quite low for some time however the country is now experiencing a spike in cases reaching over 1200 positive cases a day due to the delta variant previously older generations were more at risk but this time around the burden has shifted to younger unvaccinated israelis tourists are still not permitted to visit only small fully vaccinated pilgrimage groups next on the pilgrimage tour is nazareth a few hours drive north of jerusalem the city which is believed to be where mary was from and which would become the childhood home of jesus earning him the name jesus of nazareth the basilica of the annunciation has been built around a small cave which is where tradition says that the angel gabriel appeared to mary and announced that she would conceive and bear a child who would be the son of god normally close to the public the group were able to enter the cave getting to touch the stone a museum next door has artifacts excavated from the area one is the base of a column which has been dated to the first century after the death of christ incredibly there is a graffiti carving on it from that time in greek which translated says hail mary strong evidence that there was a devotion to mary in the early church right from the beginning and finally one of the last stops on the tour located in the heart of the christian quarter in the old city of jerusalem is the church of the holy sepulchre dating back to the 4th century inside are two of the holiest sites in christianity the site where they believe jesus was crucified and jesus’s empty tomb where he was laid to rest and from where he rose from the dead it brings to an end what has been a very moving pilgrimage for this small group to be standing here right outside the church of the holy sepulchre and for it to be absolutely quiet is really remarkable and for the small groups of pilgrims who’ve been able to experience the holy land like this it really has been a once in a lifetime opportunity now the israeli government say that they hope to reopen their borders to pilgrims and tourists this autumn but with a recent increase in positive cases in the country they might have to rethink that strategy in jerusalem colin flynn ewtn news in depth another beautiful piece from column since we can’t go there right now he’s brought it to us thank you and as we close one of our favorite parts of our program today last week we asked you to submit photos of important family moments as we honor grandparents and the elderly this weekend we heard from a lot of you and we’re now so happy to share viewer submissions in these images of the week everyone knows grandma equals cookies thanks to mary from vincennes indiana for this photo submission and let’s not forget grandpa mark doing some high-level engineering over there in the corner marianne and christo from johannesburg south africa are very busy when this active crew of eight grandchildren come visiting beverly of ponchatoula louisiana loves taking her two youngest grandchildren to story time at the library doing fun activities and then slipping in a little nap for everyone after lunch here’s regina from drexel hill pennsylvania and her granddaughter ella marie during a super fun trip to sunny south carolina from toronto canada a shout out to marianne and felix for submitting this photo of a family celebration with three of their four grandchildren anne-marie’s prayers were answered after her twin granddaughters were born safely despite their mother’s high-risk pregnancy the girls were in the neonatal unit for several months but are thriving now praise the lord thanks to yvonne and francis in mumbai india for submitting their photo with four of their five grandchildren they tell us the bombay archdiocese senior citizens association conducted a series of events for the last four sundays all in anticipation of this special world day celebration oops a member of our staff couldn’t resist sneaking in one of her own here’s senior producer holly with granddaughter julia who lives in anchorage alaska everyone needs a little green eggs and ham and while we’re at it i’m sneaking in one too my parents alex and patty of south florida hiking with granddaughter ema my beautiful little niece and last but certainly not least happy 88th birthday to joan from easton pa she was so thrilled that the pope declared her birthday july 25th the world day for grandparents and the elderly joan is the proud grandmother of two and we know she’s watching right now happy birthday joan and that does it for this edition of ewtn news in depth we’re so pleased to have had such a great reason to focus this weekend on grandparents and the elderly we hope you have a chance to reach out this weekend to those special seniors in your life i’m monte alvarado join us again next week as we continue to take a deep dive into the issues so important to our catholic lives see you then you


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EWTN NEWS IN DEPTH July 23, 2021 | Full Episode: World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
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