Today we are unwrapping a present from Pope Francis: the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Starting this weekend, we’ll celebrate it every year on the fourth Sunday of July, the Sunday closest to the feast day of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Mother and of course the grandparents of Jesus, according to long tradition.

I am really delighted by the Holy Father’s idea, which connects with me on two levels. First, my own grandmothers played a huge and happy role in my young life. (My grandfathers died before I was born.) So did my elderly great-aunts.

Praise the Lord

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