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"The Wisdom of Time," an intergenerational meeting, was attended by a large audience in Rome, among them, the Pope and the Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta
A regeneration of the dialogue between the generations, the wish that Pope Francis expressed at the end of WYD in Krakow was at the heart of this meeting: Will you promise me that in preparing for Panama, you will talk more with your grandparents? If your grandparents are already in heaven, will you talk to with the elderly? Are you going to ask them questions? Ask them. They are the wisdom of a people.
The Holy Father’s request has come true with the promotion of the intergenerational meeting, "The Wisdom of Time," where young people and seniors met today in Rome. The meeting included the teachings of the Archbishop of Panama, Monsignor José Domingo Ulloa, who explained that "the existence of intergenerational relationships implies that each generation takes up the teachings of their predecessors, thus leaving a legacy to their successors."
In his speech, the Archbishop of Panama stressed that the mission of the Church is “to encourage and accompany these ‘encounters.’ The Church is, by divine vocation, ‘tent of encounter’ in which God and man, the Church and the world converse.” According to Archbishop Ulloa, “Intergenerationality is a means and an objective in itself, which also guarantees social cohesion and development, through dialogue, cooperation and without excluding anyone.”
Our society needs old dreamers who dazzle us with their knowledge, with their insight, with their 'nothing-to-lose' that makes them practical and crazy at the same time."
The event celebrated the presentation of a new book, Sharing the Wisdom of Time, which includes the testimonies of older people from 30 different countries around the world. The Holy Father took questions from young Catholics and older Catholics as part of the dialogue. Pope Francis continued on the theme of dreams by asking young people to carry forward the dreams of the elderly so that they might bear fruit.
Film director Martin Scorsese was also in attendance. He asked Pope Francis how, as older people, they can protect the faith of young men and women as they encounter the “maelstrom” of evil in the world and in the Church itself. The Holy Father made an appeal to human dignity and said to encounter suffering with empathy, tenderness and meekness. And he added that we should ask for the gift of tears, saying that crying opens and softens the heart.