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World Day of the Poor

19th November 2017

World Day of the PoorSunday 19 November 2017 is the first ever World Day of the Poor and Christian communities the world over are invited to mark the day.

Last year, Pope Francis announced that 19 November would become annual World Day of the Poor. He called on Christians worldwide to offer friendship, solidarity and welcome to the poorest among us. Communities are asked to unite in love and in acts of service and bear witness to Jesus’s preferential option for the poor.

The Day encourages everyone to find a way to encounter people living in poverty. It invites us to pray together, to develop our understanding of poverty and to take action. Pope Francis says that doing so “enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel.” He hopes it will help us reflect on the fact that if there are destitute people on our streets there can be no justice or social peace.

CSAN World Day of the Poor resources

Parishes around the world will take part in activities to celebrate the first World Day of the Poor. To help them, CSAN has published a series of resources on its website. These include videos, liturgy resources, faith sharing resources, prayer cards, and newsletter inserts. They also include ideas on how to take action and help people in need.

To download the resources, visit CSAN’s website: www.csan.org.uk/worlddayofthepoor.

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19th November 2017