“Grandparents are the ring linking generations, to transmit to young people the experience of life and faith.”
Pope Francis (2021)
In January 2021, after praying the Angelus, Pope Francis declared  the fourth Sunday in July as World Day for Grandparents. The date has been chosen to be near the liturgical memorial (July 26) of Saints Anne and Joachim, grandparents of Jesus. Since the date of the memorial falls within the week devoted to raising awareness of Natural Family Planning and Church teaching which support its use in marriage due to the anniversary of Humanae vitae (July 25), it is appropriate for all NFP Week celebrations to include reflection upon the vital role that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren.
For more information about World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, please visit the Vatican website .