In his message for the second World Day of the Poor, celebrated this Sunday, 18 November, Pope Francis asks us all, whatever our means or background, to rediscover and celebrate in a spirit of joy our capacity for togetherness, for example by sharing a meal after Sunday Mass.
‘On this day, may all of us feel that we are in debt to the poor, because, in hands outstretched to one another, a salvific encounter can take place to strengthen our faith, inspire our charity and enable our hope to advance securely on our path towards the Lord who is to come.’
We are called to examine our conscience to see if we can truly hear and respond to the cry of the poor in our world. In our communities, we are invited to offer friendship, solidarity and welcome to the poorest of our sisters and brothers.
It is my wish that Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance.” Pope Francis
You can read Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of the Poor here. And there is a special Prayer Card for the day. If you hold an event in your parish, please let us know and send us a photo too if possible.