This Christmas, ask for words of wisdom: Vatican

The social media campaign aims to encourage young people to reach out to their grandparents and older people (CNS/Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life)

One present young people should ask for this Christmas is words of wisdom from older people they know, a Vatican dicastery has suggested. Source: CNS.

“Today, in the difficult circumstances of a Christmas still overshadowed by the pandemic, we are proposing that young people post on social media a memory, a piece of advice or a ‘gift of wisdom’ they have received from one of the elderly people with whom they have formed a bond in recent months,” said the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.

The invitation was part of a new campaign launched on Friday aimed at encouraging young people to reach out to their grandparents and other older people, not only to help alleviate the isolation and loneliness caused by pandemic restrictions, but also to create new and creative bonds.

The unusual circumstances caused by the pandemic means “there is an opportunity for young people to receive a special gift” for Christmas this year, the dicastery said in a news release.

“Because of the pandemic, there are more elderly people who live alone. We can create bonds with each of them — this is a treasure waiting to be discovered!”

The Vatican office asked that people reach out to older people and ask for “the gift of their wisdom”. People can then take the advice, memories and nuggets of wisdom they collect and post them on social media using the hashtag #aGiftOfWisdom.


Vatican tells young people to ask for ‘words of wisdom’ for Christmas (By: Carol Glatz, CNS)

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