The Summer General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference concluded in Maynooth last week. During the meeting, bishops welcomed Pope Francis’ message for the celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.  The World Day will take place on Sunday 24 July with the theme In old age they will still bear fruit (Psalm 92:15).  Bishops acknowledged the central theme of the message, which is to promote dialogue among the generations, especially between grandparents and grandchildren and to bring together the wisdom of the elderly and the enthusiasm of the young.

The World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly was celebrated for the first time in 2021 as one of the fruits of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year.  Parishes are encouraged to celebrate this special day and appreciation was expressed to the Council for Marriage and the Family – which is made up of family members from across Ireland – for preparing resources that will be available from 1 July on www.catholicbishops.ie.

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