Pope honors grandparents, leads prayers for families

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — The 76-year-old Pope Francis went to World Youth Day with grandparents, or at least society’s elders, on his mind, and he honored them in a special way July 26, the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne and Grandparents Day in many countries.

In dozens of homilies and speeches since becoming pope in March, Pope Francis has referred with great affection to his grandmother, Rosa, and her role in teaching him the faith.

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