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Special mass pays tribute to elderly

massFaithful Christians gathered yesterday morning at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to honour the elderly on the occasion of the International Day of Older persons.

The mass was celebrated by Father David Alcindor and was assisted by Designated Minister Vincent Meriton and the elderly.

“We think about the elderly that could not make it today on this special occasion. Today it is a time to reflect on the happiness and joy that the elderly can bring to society,” Father Alcindor said.

He added that every elderly person plays a key role in the community.

“The elderly plays a key role in the community of today; they are the pillars that can guide the youths, the society and their family. They have that knowledge and wisdom that they have gained from their past experiences in life and that knowledge will benefit every single person in our community. We shall all appreciate all the hard work the elderly have done and respect them,” added Father Alcindor.

Another activity organised yesterday to mark the International Day of Older Persons was a photo exhibition of over 40 centenarians that will be afterwards be transformed into a ‘Hall of Fame’ honouring the country’s oldest citizens — those who have passed away and those still alive today. Seychelles NATION will come back on this exhibition in its weekend issue.

The International Day of Older Persons is celebrated to raise awareness of issues affecting the elderly. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

Source : Seychelles NATION

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