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
Plenary Indulgence for those who take part in the Day or visit grandparents and the elderly

  Just as with other editions, on the occasion of the Third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on July 23 and whose theme is “His mercy is from age to age” ( Lk ...

Grandparents and Elderly - Youth
Dialogue between generations and the theme of the visitation will be the focus of the two celebrations

  The Holy Father's calendar of appointments for the current month of July and the upcoming month of August was released today. There are three appointments and at least two involve events ...

Grandparents and the Elderly
Meeting with the heads of pastoral care for the Elderly of the European Bishops' Conferences

  Publishing both the Holy Father's message for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly and the pastoral guidelines prepared by the Dicastery represented an opportunity for an online ...