Sunday 25 July will see the celebration of the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The theme chosen by the Holy Father for this World Day is “I am with you always” (cf. Mt 28:20) which is a way of expressing the closeness of the Lord and the Church to every older person, especially in this challenging pandemic time. “I am with you always” is also a promise of closeness and hope that young and old can mutually share.
Not only are grandchildren and young people called upon to be present in the lives of older people, but older people and grandparents also have a mission of evangelization, proclamation, and prayer, and of encouraging young people in their faith. More information, as well as literature and prayers, can be found at: http://www.amorislaetitia.va.
“In order to increase the devotion of the faithful and for the salvation of souls,” grandparents, the elderly, and the faithful will be able to obtain a Plenary Indulgence on the First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly to be celebrated on July 25, 2021. The Plenary Indulgence can be granted in the following ways:
During Solemn Celebrations
The plenary Indulgence will be granted under the usual conditions: sacramental confession, with Eucharistic communion, and prayer according to the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff during the solemn celebration he will preside over in St. Peter’s Basilica or various functions that will be held throughout the world.
Visiting Elderly in Need
The Court of Mercy also grants the Plenary Indulgence on this same day to the faithful who devote adequate time to actually or virtually visiting their elderly brothers and sisters in need or in difficulty (such as the sick, the abandoned, the disabled, and other similar cases).
Through the Media
The Plenary Indulgence may also be granted to those who are unable to leave their homes for serious reasons and “unite themselves spiritual to the sacred functions of the World Day, offering to the Merciful God their prayers, pains or sufferings of their lives, especially during the transmission, through means of television and radio,… and through the new means of social communication.”
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