Grandparents and elderly

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis grants the gift of an indulgence

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 1:50), Pope Francis has granted a Plenary Indulgence for the faithful.

This announcement was made through a Decree issued today by the Apostolic Penitentiary, stating that the Plenary Indulgence is granted "under the usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) to grandparents, the elderly and all the faithful who, motivated by a true spirit of penance and charity, will participate in the solemn celebration that the Holy Father Francis will preside over in the Vatican Papal Basilica, or in the various functions that will be held throughout the world".

In the same manner, the Plenary Indulgence will be granted to the faithful who visit their elderly brothers and sisters in need or in difficulty, “such as the sick, the abandoned, the disabled” and to “all those who, unable to leave their homes for serious reasons, will unite spiritually with the sacred services of World Youth Day, offering to the Merciful God their prayers, and the pains and sufferings of their lives, especially while the words of the Supreme Pontiff and the various celebrations are broadcast through the media”.

05 July 2023