Benedict XVI is the ultimate 'grandfather', says Pope Francis

Grandparents have a 'great task' in the family
Benedict XVI is the ultimate 'grandfather', says Pope Francis

Pope Francis speaks to the elderly in St. Peter's Square on Sunday (Photo by Lauren Cater/CNA)

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.

Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope Benedict as the “grandfather of all grandfathers.”

“I have said many times that it gives me great pleasure that he lives here in the Vatican, because it is like having a wise grandfather at home. Thank you!”

Addressing the crowds gathered in front of Saint Peter's Basilica, the Pope said that like violence against children, “violence against the elderly is inhuman”.

To grandparents in particular, the Pope entrusted a “great task: to transmit life experience, the history of a family, of a community, of a people; to share wisdom with simplicity, and the same faith: the most precious legacy!”

“The grandfather is twice father, and the grandmother is twice mother,” the Holy Father said.

 

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Source: Catholic News Agency

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