In 2017, Pope Francis initiated the World Day of the Poor, urging the Church to extend its reach to address poverty in all its contemporary forms. This year, on Nov. 19, the World Day of the Poor will commence in Rome with Pope Francis leading the Eucharist at St. Peter’s Basilica. Following the service, the Dicastery for the Service of Charity will host a meal for the impoverished, with food generously provided by Italy’s Hilton Hotels. Additionally, free medical care will be offered at the Mother of Mercy Outpatient Clinic, situated at the Colonnade of St. Peter’s Square.
In alignment with the global initiative, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) will aid the efforts of Catholic Charities and Oregon Ecumenical Ministries in gathering donations to furnish apartments for 300 to 400 refugees in 2024.
The Social Justice Committee of SSMO supports this vital work for migrants and refugees on the 7th World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis, in his message for the occasion, emphasizes that while the Church is committed to welcoming the poor daily, it is not enough. The growing river of poverty in our cities demands a collective response, where the cry for help, support, and solidarity becomes increasingly audible.
On the Sunday preceding the Feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis invites communities worldwide to gather and renew their commitment to living in poverty and serving the less fortunate. Your compassion and support can make a difference.
You can find Pope Francis’ complete message for the World Day of the Poor 2023 here.