Pope to grant Plenary Indulgences on World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly – Vatican News

Pope to grant Plenary Indulgences on World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly On the occasion of the First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis grants Plenary Indulgences to grandparents, the elderly and all the faithful who participate “motivated by a true spirit of penance and charity.” By Vatican News staff writer In a note released on Tuesday, The Apostolic Penitentiary explains that “in order to increase the devotion of the faithful and for the salvation of souls,” grandparents, the elderly and the faithful will be able to obtain a Plenary Indulgence on the First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly to be celebrated on 25 July 2021. The note says that the Pope has granted this possibility after having listened to the request presented by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, marking the establishment of the World Day that will be observed every year on the fourth Sunday of the month of July. READ ALSO Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness During solemn celebrations The Plenary Indulgence will be granted under the usual conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer, according to...

Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness – Vatican News

Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness Pope Francis reassures the elderly that God is always with them in his message for the first-ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. He also reminds them of their vocation to preserve our roots and to pass on the faith to the younger ones. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Pope Francis on Tuesday released a message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly ahead of the date of the celebration which is scheduled for 25 July. The theme chosen by the Pope for the inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28: 30). The Holy Father addressed the theme from the Gospel of Matthew to all Grandparents and the elderly, reminding them that this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!” the Pope said, identifying with the elderly, as one of them. Comfort amid the pandemic The Pope’s message comes amid the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic that...

Vatican launches #aGiftOfWisdom campaign – Vatican News

  Vatican launches #aGiftOfWisdom campaign The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life launches an initiative to promote bonding between young people and the elderly. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Picking up Pope Francis’s appeal to young people on the 32nd World Youth Day – in which he reminded them that they need the “wisdom and vision” of the elderly – the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is launching an initiative called “A Gift of Wisdom” as the Church approaches the season of Christmas. In a statement on Friday, the Dicastery emphasizes that in spite of the “particular climate in which we are living” due to the pandemic, young people have the opportunity to receive a special gift through bonding with elderly people – many of them living alone because of the ongoing health crisis. “We can create bonds with each of them,” the statement notes, “this is a treasure waiting to be discovered!” Closeness to the elderly This “Gift of Wisdom” initiative comes after the success of the July 2020 campaign, “The elderly are your grandparents.” During that campaign, the Dicastery collected virtual hugs sent by many young people to both their own grandparents and to “adopted grandparents.” With...