Pope sets date to honor ‘forgotten’ grandparents and elders

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has established an annual date to honor grandparents and other elders, lamenting that they are often forgotten despite the wisdom they have to offer society.

Francis on Sunday announced that every year, on the fourth Sunday of July, the Roman Catholic Church will pay tribute to older adults who have “thoughts and words of wisdom” to offer.

This year, Francis will celebrate a special Mass in honor of them on the evening of July 25, pandemic restrictions permitting, the Vatican said. In customary Sunday noon remarks, Francis noted that each year on July 26, the church honors Saints Anne and Joachim, the parents of Jesus’ mother, Mary.

Grandparents, Francis said, transmit “life and faith” experiences to the young.

The pope, who is 84 and a frequent booster of grandparents in his remarks for their value to society, cited the “thoughts and words of wisdom” of older adults.

“Their voice is precious because they sing the praises of God and preserve the roots of peoples,” Francis said from the Apostolic Palace Library instead of from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square to discourage crowds from gathering in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They remind us that old age is a gift, and that grandparents are the ring linking generations, to transmit to young people the experience of life and faith,″ the pope said.

“Grandparents, so many times, are forgotten, and we forget this richness of safeguarding and transmitting roots,″ Francis said.

“It’s important that grandparents encounter grandchildren and grandchildren encounter grandparents,” Francis said. He added that “grandparents will dream, will have great desires, in regards to grandchildren, and the young, taking strength from grandparents, will go forward.”

Panorama Hispano is the regional news and information newspaper for Hispanic and other diverse communities.

US Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States numbering 54.2 million as of July 2014. Serving: Buffalo, Rochester, Fredonia, Niagara Falls, NY and Erie, PA. Outside our Market area: Visit our affiliate at: http://www.impremedia.com/

Contact us: Contact@PanoramaHispanoNews.com

Featured News

Sep 24, 2021
Bad Bunny arrasa con 10 premios y se luce en los Billboard

Bad Bunny arrasó el jueves con 10 Premios Billboard de la Música Latina, incluyendo a canción del año por “Dákiti” […]

Read More
Sep 23, 2021
Premios Billboard prometen gran espectáculo esta noche

Los Premios Billboard de la Música Latina prometen un gran espectáculo el jueves por la noche, con la participación de […]

Read More
Sep 23, 2021
New York health chief, defender of Cuomo policies, resigning

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who was a leading defender of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s […]

Read More

popular categories

Copyright © 2021 Panorama Hispano News. All Rights Reserved.
crossmenuchevron-downmenu-circlecross-circle
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram