Vatican City, Dec 8, 2023 / 07:45 am
Pope Francis announced Friday that the Catholic Church will celebrate its first World Day of Children in May 2024.
Speaking in his Angelus address on Dec. 8 to mark the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the pope shared that the Church’s first children’s day will be celebrated in Rome on the weekend of May 25-26.
“And now I have the joy of announcing that on May 25 and 26 next year, we will celebrate the first World Day of Children in Rome,” Pope Francis said from the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
“Like Jesus, we want to put children at the center and care for them,” he added.