Pope Francis has declared the fourth Sunday of July as the annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
Catholics are encouraged to visit loved ones on Sunday as part of the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
Parishes are also invited to celebrate the role and contribution of older people in our communities and help deliver the message of Pope Francis to them.
Archbishop Cushley said: "For this first-ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday, please consider making a visit to an elderly relative or neighbour, if safe to do so, to share the Holy Father’s message with them.
We pray for the elderly but also ask for their prayers; as Pope Francis tells them, 'Your prayer is a very precious resource: a deep breath that the Church and the world urgently need'.”
A letter written by Pope Francis to all grandparents and elderly can be read by clicking on the link below.
Pope's Letter - Read
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