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Press Release from the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, 13.04.2023

The Third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday, July 23. The theme chosen by the Holy Father is “His mercy is from age to age” (Lk 1:50), which expresses the link with World Youth Day which will take place a few days later in Lisbon (1-6 August 2023).

The WYD theme “Mary arose and went withhaste” (Lk 1:39) shows us, in fact, the young Mary who sets out to go and find her elderly cousin Elizabeth and who loudly proclaims, in the Magnificat, the strength of the alliance between young and old.

On the occasion of the Day, the Holy Father will preside over a Eucharistic liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica and invites parishes, dioceses, associations and ecclesial communities from all over the world to celebrate the Day in their own pastoral context.