The second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday, July 24, 2022. As described in his official message, Pope Francis invites everyone to celebrate this day so that we ensure “no one lives this day in loneliness.” The theme chosen by the Holy Father for the occasion is "In old age they will still bear fruit" (Ps 92:15).
It was announced that the Apostolic Penitentiary has granted the Plenary Indulgence to all the elderly who participate in the World Day liturgies, and to all those who in the days immediately preceding or following the World Day visit an elderly person who is alone. The visit, in fact, writes Pope Francis in his message for World Day, "is a work of mercy in our time!" In response to this invitation, extensive pastoral toolkit has been developed to help those preparing to organize celebration initiatives.
The pastoral kit aims to help putting into practice the Holy Father's invitation to celebrate the World Day, but also to offer pastoral instruments to lay the foundations for a care for the elderly that looks into the future.
Prayer for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
Pastoral Guidelines (includes directions on visiting the lonely elderly, preparation of the day with the elderly, preparing for the day with young people, prayers of the faithful, liturgical notes, and plenary indulgence for the occasion)