Pope Francis remembers grandparents day during papal flight

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Aboard the papal flight for the “penitential pilgrimage” to Canada, Pope Francis remembers in a special way the World Day of Grandparents and Older Persons celebrated by the Church on Sunday. Before walking to greet reporters in the hallways, the pope praises grandparents as the roots to be cherished and to carry everything forward.

By Deborah Castellano Lubov

Pope Francis, on his papal flight to Canada, remembered and praised grandparents, as the Church observes the second World Day of Grandparents and Older Persons on Sunday.

The Church observes the World Day each year on the fourth Sunday of July, close to the feast of the grandparents of Jesus, Saints Joachim and Anne.

Pope Francis instituted this Day in 2021 because grandparents are often forgotten, but yet “are the link between generations, transmitting to young people the experience of life and faith”.

We have to go back to the grandparents

Pope Francis recalled that Sunday marks the second World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, also offering special recognition to elderly priests and religious.

“It’s the feast of grandparents, grandparents, grandmothers, who are the ones who have transmitted history, traditions, habits and many other values.

“Today we have to go back to the grandparents, I would say like a leitmotif in the sense that young people have to get in touch with their grandparents, come back to them, go back to their roots, not to stay there, no, but to take them forward like the tree: which draws its strength from the roots and carries it from the flowers to the fruits.

He underlined how grandparents are responsible for the development and maturation of future generations and must be respected.

Don’t Hide Elderly Religious

“I would also like to recall as religious, the old men and women religious, the “grandparents” of consecrated life: do not hide them, they are the wisdom of a religious family and that the new men and women religious, the novices, the novices we have in contact with them, they will all give us the experience of life which will help us so much, so much to advance…”

The Pope recalled that each of us has grandparents, some are gone, others are alive.

“Let us remember them today in a special way, from them we have received so many things: first of all history. Thanks.

Reconciliation and Healing

The Holy Father is on his way to Canada on his 37th apostolic journey, marking his 56th country visit.

The pope is making a penitential pilgrimage to the nation aimed at reconciliation and healing with the country’s indigenous people.

On each papal flight, the pope welcomes journalists on board and sends them words of thanks for their work.

This trip, the Holy Father was accompanied by about 80 journalists from more than 10 countries.

Walk throughout the flight to greet journalists

Wishing everyone a good Sunday, the pope thanked them for their “service” and “companionship”.

The pope confirmed to the director of the Holy See’s press office, Matteo Bruni, at his side, his willingness to greet journalists as usual when he walks through the corridors.

“I think I can get there, we can get there,” he said.

penitential pilgrimage

The Holy Father also noted that particular attention and “spirit” must be devoted to this apostolic journey given that it is a penitential pilgrimage to show closeness to the natives who have suffered.

The Pope invited those gathered to join him in reciting the Sunday Angelus prayer.

The Holy Father also expressed his joy to see Valentina Alazraki, journalist of the Mexican television channel Television.

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