The Blessing of Long Life, Catherine Wiley and Tom Slater give testimony to His Holy Father Pope Francis

Catherine Wiley who is the founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association and her grandson Tom Slater were invited to give testimony yesterday (28th September) to the Holy Father in St Peters in Rome. Tom (age 12) had to speak directly to Pope Francis in Italian and afterwards received a papal blessing. He is a student at Ardingly College

Icon Rome 28th Sept 2014Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod

Pope Francis Homilies 2014 28th September

Catherine Wiley and Tom Slater’s Speech

Pope Francis Speeches 2014 September 28th


Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod


Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.


Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.


Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.