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Monday, 26 July 2021 13:03

Celebrating Grandparents & the Elderly

2021GAEWeb400Pope Francis has proclaimed the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July each year – July 25 in 2021. The Day is marked near the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

The Pope's message begins, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!" 

Pope Francis said older people, even if “energy is running out”, have a “renewed vocation”.

“It makes no difference how old you are, whether you still work or not, whether you are alone or have a family, whether you became a grandmother or grandfather at a young age or later, whether you are still independent or need assistance,” he wrote.

“Because there is no retirement age from the work of proclaiming the Gospel and handing down traditions to your grandchildren. You just need to set out and undertake something new.”

  pdf Read Pope Francis' Message (109 KB)

  pdf Print Pope Francis' message in booklet form (429 KB)

  pdf Read the Prayer for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly (528 KB)

 

 

 

 

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