Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 24, 2022 / 07:55 am
Aboard his flight to Canada on Sunday, Pope Francis made a point to reflect on the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
Sunday marked the Catholic Church's second annual observance of this special day, held on the fourth Sunday in July to roughly coincide with the June 26 feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of Jesus.
In lieu of his customary Sunday reflection before the recitation of the Angelus at the Vatican, the 85-year-old pope spoke to some 80 journalists aboard the ITA Airways flight to Edmonton in western Canada about grandparents and the elderly.
“There is no Angelus, but let’s do it here, the Angelus,” the pope said, according to an unofficial English translation.