The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Kenya (KCCB) has asked the archdioceses and dioceses to plan events to mark the newly introduced World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly next Sunday, July 25th.
KAG – Nairobi, Kenya.
The World Day of Grandparents and Elderly, launched by Pope Francis on January 31, 2021, will be celebrated for the first time on Sunday, July 25, 2021, under the motto “I am always with you”.
Grandparents and grandchildren come together
“The purpose of this day is to convey to every elderly person that God and the Church are close to them, and also to emphasize the intergenerational closeness between young and old,” it says in a signed by Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde of the Archdiocese of Mombasa Explanation. He is also the chairman of the KCCB.
“I am writing to encourage each arch / diocese to plan initiatives to design the event to best suit their pastoral context. This World Day could be a great opportunity to get together grandparents and grandchildren, young and old, ”said Archbishop Kivuva.
Older people face isolation and loneliness
The Archbishop instructed the KCCB Commission on Pastoral Care and Lay Apostolate to work with the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and to make pastoral materials available to the dioceses.
The statement also noted that older people are at risk of isolation and loneliness.
“Elderly people have unique challenges such as socio-economic, emotional and physical … The Covid-19 pandemic has made older people more vulnerable.” The Archbishop added that the Holy Father urges the Church to “care for the elderly, with.” “A smile on your face and the gospel in your hands,” said the KCCB chairman.