Pope Francis announced on Sunday, January 31, 2021, the institution of the celebration of World Day to honor Grandparents and the Elderly.
“Grandparents are often forgotten and we forget this wealth of preserving and passing on the roots. For this reason, I have decided to establish the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly,” the Pope said.
The World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of July, the Sunday close to the feast of the Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of Jesus.
For this year the said celebration will be on July 25, 2021.
Pope Francis pointed out that “the Holy Spirit even today stirs up thoughts and words of wisdom in the elderly,” and that the voice of the elderly “sings the praises of God and preserves the roots of the peoples.”
He then reminded the faithful that “old age is a gift and that grandparents are the link between the different generation, to pass on to the young the experience of life.” (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)