The Blessing of Long Life: Catherine Wiley and Grandson Tom meet Pope Francis in Rome

1 September 2014
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More than 30,000 grandparents and seniors gathered in St Peter’s Square, Rome, on Sunday 28th September for ‘The Blessing of Long Life‘ encounter with Pope Francis, organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The celebration was animated by reflections and testimonies from grandparents and seniors from across the world.  As he welcomed his guests, led by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the Holy Father recalled that “We Christians, together with all people of good will, are called to patiently build a more diverse, more welcoming, more humane, more inclusive society, that does not need to discard the weak in body and mind.  On the contrary we need a society which measures its success on how the weak are cared for.

Catherine WileyThe day held particular significance for Catholic Grandparents’ Association (CGA) Founder Catherine Wiley and her 12 year old grandson, Tom Slater, both of whom gave testimonies at the event. Catherine spoke of the important vocation of grandparents in passing on their faith to their grandchildren and Tom described the ‘important lessons in prayer’ that he had learnt from his grandparents.  He told the Pope ‘You are like a grandfather to us, help us to understand how important the role of grandparents is today.’

In a CGA press release on 30th September, Catherine Wiley said, ‘It was honestly one of the most wonderful moments of my life for me and for my family, and the most important moment for the life and development of the Catholic Grandparents Association throughout the world.

For more information about the CGA in England and Wales please email info@catholicgrandparentsassociation.org or telephone Phil Butcher on 01328 560333

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