Pope Francis announced the decision to establish an international day for grandparents and the elderly.
The Catholic Church will celebrate the day on the fourth Sunday in July. Joachim and Anna, the grandparents of Jesus Christ, will be honored on this day.
“Old people are often neglected, and we often forget that they represent the wealth of our roots and values that they pass on to the next generations. Old age is a gift, which is why I decided to establish an International Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, to be celebrated by the entire church on the fourth Sunday in July, which is close to the day of honoring Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus,” Francis said in his traditional Sunday homily.
The pontiff also noted the importance of grandchildren meeting their grandparents. For the first time, Senior Citizens Day will be celebrated this year. The holiday will be curated by the Dicastery (one of the departments of the Roman Curia) for Laity, Family and Life.