During this year’s feast of Jesus’s grandparents, Saints Joachim and Anne, the Pope asked for a round of applause for grandparents.
1. GRATITUDE (July 26, 2015)
From the beginning, Pope Francis has been very mindful of the elderly. During the Mass at the start of his pontificate he asked for people to care for the elderly in particular since they are often pushed to the “margins of the heart.”
A few months afterward, at World Youth Day in Brazil, he spoke to young people about the importance of listening to their elders.
2. CULTURAL EUTHANASIA (July 25, 2013)
Pope Francis knows that grandparents play an essential role in the lives of children. And he knows this by experience thanks to the love of his grandmother Rosa. This is how he explained it in a catechesis dedicated to grandparents.
3. EXAMPLE (March 11, 2015)
This is why he never tires of denouncing the abuses committed against the elderly, who are marginalized in society. He even says that this is a sin.
4. MARGINALIZATION. (March 4, 2015)
The elderly are of particular importance in the Pope’s eyes as the collective memory of communities, and, above all, of families.
5. TRANSMITTERS OF THE FAITH (November 11, 2013)
In fact, the Pope thinks that the elderly are so important that he was the first to organize an event in the Vatican dedicated to them. It was a very special day, and with a very rare appearance by Benedict XVI, whom Pope Francis tenderly called a ‘wise grandfather.’
6. WISDOM (September 28, 2014)
“I have said many times that I enjoy living here, in the Vatican, because it’s like having a wise grandfather at home. Thank you.”
The Pope lamented the forgetting of and the violence towards the elderly and he explained that the experience of grandparents is irreplaceable.
7. TENDERNESS (September 28, 2014)
The Pope backs up his words with deeds. In general audiences, meetings, and trips,Pope Francis never misses an opportunity to greet the elderly or to listen to them.