The Vatican's Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, on April 20, 2021 announced the theme of the 1st World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly “I am with you always”.
The First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday 25 July, 2021.
The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this World Day is “I am with you always” (cf. Mt 28:20) which is a way of expressing the closeness of the Lord and the Church to every older person, especially in these challenging pandemic times.
“I am with you always” is also a promise of closeness and hope that young and old can mutually share. Not only are grandchildren and young people called upon to be present in the lives of older people, but older people and grandparents also have a mission of evangelisation, proclamation and prayer, and of encouraging young people in their faith. In order to encourage the celebration of this World Day in the local churches and associations, from mid-June the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life will offer some pastoral tools that will be available on the website www.amorislaetitia.va.