Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church to pray in a special way for seniors during the month of July. Source: National Catholic Register.
The prayer intention follows requests to pray for families in June and for young people in May and coincides with the celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on July 24.
“We cannot speak about family without talking about the importance of the elderly among us,” Pope Francis said in a video message released last week.
"We elderly people often have a special sensitivity for care, for reflection, and affection,” he noted. “We are, or we can become, teachers of tenderness.”
The video is part of a series created by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in collaboration with the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
“We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people, that their experience and wisdom will help those who are younger to look to the future with hope and responsibility,” the Pope said.
The video shows images of an elderly man and woman baking a cake together, which they then share with their grandchildren.
“In this world accustomed to war, we need a true revolution of tenderness,” he said. “We have a great responsibility towards new generations about this.”
The Pope adds: “Let us remember, grandparents and the elderly are the bread that nourishes our lives, the hidden wisdom of a people. That is why we must celebrate them, and I have established a day dedicated to them.”
Pope Francis Offers Prayer Intention for July 2022 (By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA via National Catholic Register)