- Jul 25, 2021
From the 2021 Olympic Games to the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, the human family is reminded that we are blessed and bound to each other.
Highlighting the importance and gifts of older people has been a constant refrain throughout Pope Francis’ ministry.
Try a little tenderness. That’s basically how Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell summarized Pope Francis’ vision for what older people, their grandchildren and friends should do to change the world after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Writing to his peers, Catholics who have reached a venerable age like he has, Pope Francis told older Catholics that God is close to them and still has plans for their lives.
To express the closeness of God and of the church to every older person, Pope Francis has chosen “I am with you always” from the Gospel of Matthew as the theme for the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.