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Pope Francis visits the residence for the elderly in Rome (AP)

Vatican says surprise visit highlights ‘the great importance and preciousness of the elderly’

Sister Elisabeth Anne Roche  looks after Rita Driess at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Queen of Peace Residence in New York (CNS)

Nuns ask US Supreme Court for protection from complying with the HHS birth control mandate

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in wheelchairs during his general audience (Photo: CNS)

At his general audience Francis says that being old is no time for resting

Pope Francis during an encounter with the elderly in September (CNS)

Francis says it is ‘easy to put our consciences to sleep’ and not visit parents for months at a time

Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis at yesterday's gathering in St Peter's Square (AP)

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Pope Francis at a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Pontiff denounces a cultural tendency ‘to discard’ the elderly