We must not cast aside the elderly: UN nuncio

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia (CNA/Kevin Jones)

Human rights are “undermined and rejected” whenever people “are no longer seen as a paramount value to be cared for and respected”, a Vatican official has told a United Nations working group on aging. Source: Crux.

Too often seniors, along with the poor, the disabled and the unborn, are “thrown aside” and determined to be “no longer needed,” said Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN.

“We need … an approach in which the inherent value of the elderly is recognised, protected, cherished and advanced. The Holy See strongly believes that ‘those who make room for the elderly make room for life!'” he said, quoting Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship.

In the labour market and the world of work, Archbishop Caccia said, many older people continue to face age discrimination “that undermines the dignity both of their work and of them as workers.”

This discrimination can be seen “in all aspects of work, including application and hiring processes, the work experience itself and opportunities after retirement”, he said. “The elderly worker has wisdom, experience and skills that should not be cast aside.”

Archbishop Caccia argued that too much emphasis on their “continued workforce participation” should not suggest “retirement is a failure or that one’s value depends on productivity”.


Human rights are undermined when elderly are cast aside, says UN nuncio (Crux

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