Pope’s Message for the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

The Vatican has released the message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on

Sunday 25 July on the theme ‘I am with you always’ (Mt 28:20). The text of his message follows below:

Dear Grandfathers and Grandmothers,

Dear Elderly Friends, “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends.  “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!

Read the full message here ‘I am with you always’