Irish granny addresses Pope Francis
An Irish grandmother of 10 addressed Pope Francis and a crowd of 40,000 grandparents, clergy and religious, including Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, in St Peter's Square yestersay.
Catherine Wiley (68), who founded the Catholic Grandparents Association, spoke about the vocation of grandparents in providing care to the young and passing on faith and values across the generations.
Mrs Wiley, who is based in Westport Co Mayo, was accompanied in Rome by her grandson Tom.
The Rome event, which was titled, 'The blessing of a long life', was organised by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family.
As he concelebrated mass with more than 50 elderly priests from around the world, Pope Francis described old age as a "time of grace".
The Pontiff urged young people, "Go visit an elderly person." Noting that many young people sometimes seem miserable and sad, he urged them to visit an elderly person as it would help them to find joy.