2nd World Day of the Poor – “The poor evangelize us…” – Pope Francis

“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.”
– Pope Francis

In advance of the 2nd World Day of the Poor (Sunday 18 November 2018), Pope Francis issued a papal exhortation inviting all ministers of the Church, as well as the laity to “make tangible the Church’s response to the cry of the poor, and to experience this World Day as a privileged moment of new evangelization.”

“The poor evangelize us,” Pope Francis wrote, “and help us each day to discover the beauty of the Gospel.”

The Holy Father asked that we “not squander this grace-filled opportunity.”

“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.”

The full papal exhortation can be read by clicking here.