The theme for the fourth World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on July 28, has been chosen by Pope Francis.
Calling for “a new bond between the young and old,” Pope Francis marked the third annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly with an intergenerational Mass Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica.
The third annual World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly is observed on July 23, 2023.
A common struggle for elderly Mass-goers is being able to hear in church. It seems, then, that the unveiling of a new sound system in St. Peter’s Basilica couldn’t have had better timing. It was inaugurated on July 23, after 10 months of work, just in time for the papal Mass for the third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
Bishop Benjamin Phiri of Ndola Diocese in Zambia has cautioned against the tendency to despise and neglect the elderly in society, and lauded them for their wisdom.
The Vatican will again offer a plenary indulgence to mark the third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on July 23.
The Vatican announced Thursday the date and theme for the third annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
The special observance is held on the fourth Sunday in July to roughly coincide with the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.
All it takes is a phone call, together with confession, Holy Communion, and prayer.
The 2nd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will take place on July 24.
The pope made the appeal in his message for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has called on the government of the West African country to provide favorable social security services for the elderly people to see them through their “earthly pilgrimage.”
“I worry when I see a society full of people in constant motion, too caught up in their own affairs to have time for a glance, a greeting or a hug,” Pope Francis said Sunday.
There is no “retirement” from spreading the faith, Pope Francis said in a message to grandparents on Tuesday, adding that the prayers of the elderly are needed by the Church and the world.