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World Day of the Poor

Nov 15, 2023 | In the News, Media, News Releases

This Sunday, November 19th, the Church marks the 7th World Day of the Poor.

“In 2017, Pope Francis instituted the World Day of the Poor so that “throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need”. (ORDO)

In his message for World Day of the Poor 2023, Pope Francis calls us “to acknowledge every poor person and every form of poverty, abandoning the indifference and the banal excuses we make to protect our illusory well-being.” He says: “Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor” (Tobit 4:7). In a word, whenever we encounter a poor person, we cannot look away, for that would prevent us from encountering the face of the Lord Jesus. Let us carefully consider his words: “from anyone who is poor”. Everyone is our neighbour. Regardless of the colour of their skin, their social standing, the place from which they came…”