The Holy Father reflected on the role of grandparents on the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandparents to Jesus. Pope Francis addressed thousands of faithful gathered in front of the residence of the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro prior to the recitation of the Angelus.
Explaining the significant role Saints Joachim and Anne played in the life of the Blessed Mother, the Pope told those present that the parents of Mary were part of “a long chain of people who had transmitted their love for God, expressed in the warmth and love of family life.”
Pope Francis took the opportunity to impart a special greeting for Grandparents Day which is celebrated today in Brazil. “How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society!” the Pope exclaimed.
“How important it is to have intergenerational exchanges and dialogue, especially within the context of the family.” Citing the Aparecida Document, the Holy Father reiterated the themes he expressed during yesterday’s meeting with Argentinian youth, highlighting the important role that both the youth and the elderly have in society.
“This relationship and this dialogue between generations is a treasure to be preserved and strengthened! In this World Youth Day, young people wish to acknowledge and honour their grandparents. They salute them with great affection and they thank them for the ongoing witness of their wisdom.” They Pope then invited the faithful present to greet all grandparents, which they responded with thunderous applause.
The Pope concluded his address reciting the Angelus and imparting his Apostolic Blessing on the faithful.