Listen to those in need, pope says in World Day of Poor message
How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked.
People must make “a serious examination of conscience to understand whether we are really capable of listening to the poor,” the pope said in a message for the World Day of the Poor.
The recently established commemoration and the period of reflection and action preceding it are meant to give Christians a chance to follow Christ’s example and concretely share a moment of love, hope and respect together with those in need in one’s community, the pope said in the message dated 13th June, the feast of St Anthony of Padua, patron saint of the poor. The Vatican released the message to the public on 14th June.
The World Day of the Poor – to be marked each year on the 33rd Sunday of ordinary time – will be celebrated on 18th November this year and will focus on a verse from Psalm 34, ‘This poor one cried out and the Lord heard.’
Picture: Women and children sit next to a river bank in Kibera near Nairobi, Kenya, on 25th May. The World Day of the Poor – to be marked each year on the 33rd Sunday of ordinary time – will be celebrated on 18th November. (CNS photo/Daniel Irungu, EPA).Tags: poor, Pope, Pope Francis, St Anthony of Padua, World Day of the Poor