Forgotten elderly are exiles, says pope

January 20, 2014

Just as people must never ignore the plight of today's immigrants and refugees, they must also remember today's "hidden exiles" – the elderly and other relatives who are forgotten by their own families, Pope Francis said.

"One sign for knowing how a family is doing is to see how they treat children and their elderly" relatives, the pope said at his noon blessing Dec. 29, the feast of the Holy Family.