(Terrasanctablog)(ATS) Heeding Pope Francis’ words not to forget the elderly, Franciscan Friars in the Holy Land hosted 100 senior citizens from Bethlehem at the Christmas party, along with the parish priest and many others
More than one hundred senior citizens attended the Christmas party at the Antonian Charitable Society of Bethlehem.
They had a splendid day, with singing, dancing, a first-class meal and the traditional Christmas bingo. Also present were the new Bethlehem parish priest, Nerwan Al Banna, the Gianelline Sisters and the nurses who each day take care of the elderly and the ill at the center, along with numerous friends and volunteers.
These senior citizens are frequently alone, abandoned and without resources, but due to the support of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land and ATS pro Terra Sancta through many friends and donors they are able to live in a dignified manner and peacefully enjoy this stage of their life.