The Elderly


The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is busy building “a Church that challenges the throw-away culture with the overflowing joy of a new embrace between young and old!” (Pope Francis, General Audience, March 11, 2015).

For this reason, it fosters and supports the promotion of a pastoral care of the elderly that knows how to enhance their peculiar vocation in the Church, starting from the transmission of the faith to the youngest, from the preservation of their roots and from what can be considered the elderly’s very true specific mission: interceding in prayer.

In 2020, the Dicastery sponsored the 1st International Congress on the Pastoral Care of the Elderly entitled "The Richness of Many Years of Life," the proceedings of which were published in an e-book downloadable for free from this website

Since 2021, the Dicastery has been promoting the celebration of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly




Grandparents and Elderly
Card. Farrell: In this year dedicated to prayer, let us build the broader ‘we’ of ecclesial communion

  This morning, the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the next World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on 28 July 2024 in all the dioceses of the world, was ...

Christmas 2023
A meditation for the Christmas Season by the Prefect of the Dicastery, Card. Farrell

  Dear friends, A few days ago, the Holy Father extended an invitation to us when he said, “Let us value silence, sobriety and listening. May Mary, Virgin of silence, help us to love the desert ...

The Pope Video
In conjunction with the opening of World Youth Day in Lisbon, The Pope Video focuses on the fundamental role of young people in the life of the Church and the world

  “When I go to the church in my neighborhood, I see only old people. Is the Church only for old people?”. This is the question directed to Pope Francis that opens this Pope Video which coincides ...