Nov. 19 World Day of the Poor
Pope Francis established the World Day of the Poor in his apostolic letter, “Misericordia et misera,” at the end of the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy.
To be celebrated on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – this year falling on Nov. 19 – the idea came about, he explained, during the Jubilee for Socially Excluded People, highlighting in particular the homeless, which took place at the Vatican near the end of the Jubilee.
“At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, I wanted to offer the Church a 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,” the Pope explained in the message.
Pope Francis himself will celebrate Mass on Sunday, Nov. 19 in St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, there will be a lunch for the poor, serving around 500, in the Pope Paul VI hall.
The theme for the World Day of the Poor, which includes a special logo depicting an open door, and one person welcoming another inside, is “Let us love, not with words but with deeds.”
Read Pope Francis' message establishing World Day of the Poor by clicking on this link
Posted on Tue, November 14, 2017
by Mary Lou Simcoe