“Grandparents are a treasure in the family. Please, take care of your grandparents: love them and let them talk to your children!”
That was the Tweet Pope Francis sent on July 27, 2018, from Pope Francis @Pontifex. It wasn’t the first time the Pope has spoken of the importance of grandmothers.
On September 1, 2017, Le Figaro Magazine published excerpts of the work “Pope Francis: Meetings with Dominique Wolton: Politics and Society” (Editions de L’Observatoire, 432 pages).
“I thank God to have known true women in my life,” confides the Pontiff to the sociologist, whom he received a dozen times at the Vatican. “My two grandmothers were very different, but they were both true women. They were mothers, they worked, they were courageous, they spent time with their grandchildren, but always with this dimension of woman,” he explained.
Pope Francis turned 81 years old on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. He chose to celebrate his birthday on Sunday morning by meeting with a group of children being treated by the Pediatric Dispensary of Santa Marta in the Vatican. And he encouraged them to speak with older people:
“It’s joy, to talk with the grandparents, with the elderly, and to talk with God. Agreed? Do all agree?”