Another initiative of Pope Francis is the
establishment of this World Day on Sunday 25 July. The Holy Father wants to
emphasise the importance of the role that so many grandparents play in
accompanying children. At a time when so many parents are very busy with their
professional responsibilities, the presence of grandparents to contribute to
the spiritual awakening and formation of children is often decisive.
In his message addressed individually to each of
the grandfathers and grandmothers, the Pope links their role to the words of
Jesus to his disciples: “I am with you always.” This reassurance from the Lord
is both a consolation for older people who, during the pandemic, were often -
or still are - isolated, and an encouragement to become “guardian angels” for
their grandchildren or other young people. According to Francis, older people
are needed to build the future; they are not fixed in the past.Read the Pope’s message by clicking here.