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 (photo by Roy Lagarde)

Cardinal Bo, the papal legate, greets one of the elderly residents of the hospice run by the Missionaries of Charity in Cebu (photo by Roy Lagarde)

CEBU City, Jan. 30, 2016— Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar, is telling the elderly to 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, saying a smile 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 smile. I encourage you to smile more often,” Cardinal Bo said.

“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, Cardinal Bo also spoke about the importance of missionary work and by 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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