World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly – 25th July 2021
Pope Francis has established a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place for the first time on Sunday 25 July 2021 on the theme ‘I am with you always’ (Mt 28:20).
Bishop Denis Nulty, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Marriage and the Family has welcomed Pope Francis’ World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, as a timely reminder for the whole Church to be close to all the elderly and grandparents at this time of pandemic.
Bishop Nulty said, “There have been so many unsung heroes and heroines during the pandemic – grandparents and elders, including our older priests and religious – all who are to be applauded for how they have coped with the challenges and uncertainty brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a society we have learned a lot from their stoicism and pragmatism in the face of so many challenges.
Click here for a video message from the Pope.
Click here for the text of the Pope’s message on this important day.
The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life based in the Vatican have composed a special prayer for this World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Click here for a copy of the prayer. The image shown on the cover of this prayer is the fresco by Giotto called Joachim’s Dream which can be found in Padua, Italy.