FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND ELDERLY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 25 – CELATA PULCHRITUDO – SECRETS OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND ELDERLY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 25

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life announces the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on the theme “I am with you always.”

By Vatican News staff writer

The First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday July 25, said the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life in a press release on Tuesday. (Vatican file photo)

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20). It expresses the closeness of the Lord and the Church to every older person, especially in these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The theme, “I am with you always” is also “a promise of closeness and hope that young and old can mutually share,” notes the press release.

Not only are grandchildren and youths invited to be present in the lives of older people, but older people and grandparents also have a mission of evangelization, proclamation and prayer, and of encouraging young people in their faith.

To further encourage the celebration of the World Day in local churches and associations, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life will offer pastoral tools from mid-June, which will be available on the website www.amorislaetitia.va

(JFL: The Pope established this day on January 31, 2021: Pope establishes World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly – Vatican News)

CELATA PULCHRITUDO – SECRETS OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

In a communiqué released today, the Vatican Museums, in collaboration with Vatican News, announced the launch of “a new series of videos revealing the secrets of the papal collections. Secrets, little-known stories, curiosities are hidden behind the internationally acclaimed beauty of the masterpieces contained in the Vatican collections.”

The series that starts today, entitled “Celata Pulchritudo – The Secrets of the Vatican Museums” is “a new multimedia project produced through a collaboration between Vatican News and the Vatican Museums” and, in “short videos captures the story behind the art collected by the Popes.”

The press release goes on to say that, “from the sources of inspiration that nurtured such great masters such as Michelangelo or Raphael, to the enigmas and mysteries of ancient pre-Christian civilizations – this series takes the viewer behind the scenes of the Museum considered by generations of artists to be ‘the school of the world’, to reveal the knowledge it has inherited, its research, its work in the area of conservation and restoration handed on through the centuries.”

Each monthly episode contributes to a narrative adventure lasting over a year and will be accessible in two versions: a longer video with a more narrative slant will be accompanied by an in-depth article and a second shorter video geared toward the social media audience. Both versions will be published through the Vatican News and Vatican Museums web portals and social media accounts.

The series, highlights the communiqué, seeks to offer a fresh look at the Vatican Museums which never ceased responding to its vocation as a “vivacious place”, even though it has remained closed in the last few months due to the Covid-19 regulations in force.

Click here for first episode: Michelangelo’s “Teacher” – first episode of the series “Celata Pulchritudo” – Vatican News