Pope Francis urges faithful to return, reconnect to grandparents

Go back to them and take strength from our roots.

This was the main message of His Holiness Pope Francis to every faithful as the Church observes World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly this year, with the theme “In old age they will still bear fruit”, taken from Psalms 92:15.

The Holy Father made this brief but meaningful statement aboard the Papal flight to Canada as he remembered and praised our grandparents whom he considers as “link between generations”.

“It’s Grandparents’ Day, grandparents, grandmothers, who are the ones who have passed on the history, traditions, habits and many other values,” the Pope said.

He encouraged everyone, especially the young, to reconnect with their grandparents and take time to understand them.

“Today, we need to go back to grandparents. I would say so as a leitmotif in the sense that young people must have contact with their grandparents. Go back to them, go back to their Chroots and carries it forward in the flowers in the fruit,” he added.

The Holy Father also urged us to remember all aging religious men and women as “grandparents of consecrated life”.

“Please, do not hide them away. They are the wisdom of a religious family; and may the new men and women religious, the novices, have contact with them: they will give us all the life experience that will help us so much to move forward,” Pope Francis stressed.

This is the second year that the Church is celebrating this occasion every 4th Sunday of July, which is close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus, every July 26. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church)


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