The third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly falls on Sunday 23 July 2023. Pope Francis has given it the theme "His mercy is from age to age" (Luke 1:50)
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Sunday, 23 July 2023
Here you can read the full message from the Holy Father as well as a filmed reflection from President of the Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Vincent Nichols. You can also use our prayers and links to help you celebrate the day.
As the Pope says, we should cherish the elderly and recognise that there’s no retirement age from the work of proclaiming the Gospel and handing down traditions to grandchildren.
Pope Francis has instituted a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The theme of the third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly is, “His mercy is from age to age” (Lk 1:50) which takes us back to the joyful meeting between the young Mary and her elderly relative Elizabeth.
Pope Francis' message for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly reassures the older generation that Old age is no time to give up and lower the sails, but a season of enduring fruitfulness: a new mission awaits us and bids us look to the future.
Pope Francis has instituted a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Identifying with the more senior members of our society, he says “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!”