Papal legate to elderly: Smile more!

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Cardinal Bo, the papal legate, greets one of the elderly residents of the hospice run by the Missionaries of Charity in Cebu, Jan. 30, 2016. (Photo: Roy Lagarde)

CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016— Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar, has a message for the elderly: lighten up and smile more!

In a visit to a home for the aged managed by the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded by soon-to-be canonized Teresa of Calcutta, on Saturday, the cardinal urged the elderly to “say cheese” more often, smiling can change a lot.

Upon the entering the facility, the papal legate to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) was greeted with handshakes, smiles, and flowers.

“I have received gifts and especially your gifts of smiles. I encourage you to smile more often,” said the prelate.

“We have so many gifts which we can with share with each other— our smile. This is the gift that we receive and give to each other,” he said.

The facility, located along Cardinal Rosales Street, houses 66 wheelchair-bound elderly men and women.

In his short message, Bo also spoke about the importance of missionary work and being charitable towards the needy.

“We can take the example of the Missionary of Sisters of Charity. What is their gift? Their whole life,” he said. “It’s a great example what these sisters are doing.” (Roy Lagarde / CBCPNews)

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