10,000 Irish grandparents inspire worldwide movement

Over 10,000 Irish grandparents, who attended the National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage in Knock in September, have kick-started a worldwide movement of grandparents – and, next month, over 1m Catholics will hear from a Co. Mayo grandmother about how it all came to pass. Following the phenomenal success of Pilgrimage, the Vatican has now announced plans to translate into over every world language a Papal Prayer for Grandparents inspired by the Knock Shrine gathering. “We started this National Grandparents Pilgrimage last year, and it generated a huge response. In 2007 we had over 5,000 grandparents, and this year the figure passed 10,000,”…

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Irish pilgrimage inspires Pope to write new world prayer

Over 4,000 Irish grandparents, who attended the first-ever National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage in Knock Shrine last year, have inspired Pope Benedict XV1 to write a new prayer in honour of grandparents all over the world – and it will be given its first recital ever in Knock next Sunday. Following the success of the pilgrimage last September, which saw 4,000 grandparents join with over 1,000 family and friends at the special celebrations, the Pontiff has responded by penning a Prayer For Grandparents. And now the countdown is on to Sunday, September 14th, when the contents of the prayer will be revealed…

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Hunt is on for 10,000 prayers

Grandparents all over Ireland have been asked to put pen to paper and compile a whopping 5,000 prayers in honour of their grandchildren. An appeal has been sent out to children to writer a prayer in honour of their grandcildren as part of a unique event for grandparents, and the organisers hope to reach a target of 5,000 prayers. The second-ever National Grandparents Pilgrimage will see families from all over the country converge on Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, on Sunday, September 14th. “There has already been a huge response to the prayer appeal and the quality of the work is…

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Grandparents day in Mayo school

Primary school children all over Co. Mayo are set to receive special visitors to their schools – their own grandparents. A grandmother is spearheading a campaign to establish Grandparents’ Day in the county’s primary schools, and already it has been backed by former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain. Under the novel scheme, grandparents will be invited to spend time in school with their grandchildren. “This will be a valuable and worthwhile learning experience linking grandparents, grandchildren and teachers. I believe this will enhance their moral and social development and be good for the community as a whole,” said grandmother-of-ten…

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Irish grandmother inspires the world

A Co. Mayo grandmother who ran Ireland’s first-ever National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage last year has inspired church leaders in countries around the world to run similar pilgrimages, following her address to a high-powered Vatican Council last week. Catherine Wiley, a native of Castlebar who lives in Murrisk, outside Westport, said she was “very moved and humbled” by the reaction when she delivered a paper at a Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council last week. “It was a moving experience and a wonderful opportunity to highlight some of the difficulties and challenges that grandparents are currently facing both in the family and…

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