The Vatican press office announced today that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the encounter with Pope Francis and the elderly this Sunday morning in St. Peter’s Square.
The encounter will precede a Mass with Grandparents and the Elderly scheduled to begin at 10:30 am.
More than 40,000 seniors and grandparents from more than 20 countries – many from Italy, Spain, Argentina and the United States – will participate in the morning’s liturgy.
The Pontifical Council for the Family reports that more than 50 elderly priests from parishes around the world will concelebrate the liturgy with the Holy Father.
The main concelebrants will include the oldest priest of the Rome diocese, and one elderly priest each from the Democratic Republic of Congo, India and Argentina.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will not be at the Mass.