Poznańskie Studia Teologiczne, Vol. 30 (2016), s. 159-171
The situation of the elderly and ill in the contemporary postmodern society constitutes
a serious challenge for contemporary societies as well as for pastoral work of the Church.
Reflections of Pope Francis describing the fate of the elderly and ill in the contemporary reality are
to be found in the above article. The issue has been discussed in the following subsections:
“Competences of the postmodern society towards the elderly and ill” (chapter I); “The significance
of the Christian community for the life of the elderly and ill” (chapter II); “The objectives of the
pastoral conversation” (chapter III).