Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and the Bishop of the Vatican City said this today the memorial of the Saints Joachim and Anne the grandparents of Jesus.
This annual memorial always takes place on the 26th of July every year.
Pope Francis said; “On the memorial of the Saints Joachim and Anne, Jesus’s “grandparents”, I would like to invite young people to do something tender towards the elderly, especially the loneliest, in their homes or residences. Dear young people, each elderly person is your grandparent!”
The story of Mary’s birth and details about her aging parents, Joachim and Anne, come from apocryphal writings known as the Protoevangelium of James the Lesser that was written by an unknown author.
According to old traditions, Mary was born in Jerusalem. Joachim is said to have been the owner of a home in the vicinity of the temple, more precisely near the Sheep Gate and its pool called in Hebrew, “Bethesda.”
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As it stands, the sources dealing with the life of Ann, Joachim and Mary do not mention brothers and sisters of Our Lord’s mother.
There are a number of ancient texts not in the canon of Sacred Scripture which claim to present details about the life of Mary. The Protoevangelium Jacobi (First Gospel of James)
Scripture is tight-lipped regarding details of Mary’s personality and life. It speaks only to the essentials of her religious vocation and role.