World Day of the Poor

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: CENCO

Congolese Cardinal Advocates for Pastoral Initiatives “with the poor at heart”

Nov 15, 2023

Ahead of the World Day of the Poor to be marked this year on November 19, the Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called for pastoral initiatives that are hinged on the needs of the poor.

In Sudan, St. Joseph Vocational Training Center offers students the opportunity to have hands-on learning in renewable energy. Credit: Salesian Missions

On World Day of Poor, Salesians Highlight Social Initiatives for Africa’s Vulnerable Youth

Nov 14, 2022

On the annual event of the World Day of the Poor marked November 13, the leadership of the U.S—based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has highlighted social initiatives for vulnerable youth across the globe, including Africa.

Pope Francis receives a hug from a child during lunch on the World Day of the Poor Nov. 13, 2022. | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis Shares Meal with the Poor

Nov 14, 2022

Pope Francis had lunch with around 1,300 poor from Rome on Sunday.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the World Day of the Poor 13 November 2022. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: "Light candles of hope in the midst of darkness"

Nov 13, 2022

On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to not be brought down by the “doom and gloom” of the world, but to witness to the joy of the Gospel through service to those in need.

A banner featuring Pope Francis for the World Day of the Poor, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Here’s What the Vatican is Doing for the World Day of the Poor

Nov 9, 2022

On Sunday, Nov. 13, the Catholic Church will celebrate the 6th World Day of the Poor.

Pope Francis greets a participant in the World Day of the Poor in Rome, Nov. 16, 2017. L'Osservatore Romano.

No Christian is Exempt from Aiding the Poor: Pope Francis

Jun 14, 2022

The pope made the remark in his message for the 2022 World Day of the Poor.

Logo of Caritas Africa. Credit: Caritas Africa

We Need to Put the Poor at The Centre of Our Actions, Prayers: Caritas Africa

Nov 16, 2021

The leadership of Caritas Africa has called on members of the organization across the continent to put poor people at the center of their attention not only through actions but also prayers. 

Pope Francis offers Mass for the fifth World Day of the Poor on Nov. 14, 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

Be "tireless builders of hope" amid suffering: Pope Francis on World Day of the Poor

Nov 14, 2021

The pope offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the presence of 2,000 people living in poverty and the volunteers who assist them.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Marginalizing the poor threatens “the very concept of democracy”: Pope Francis

Jun 14, 2021

Pope Francis said Monday that “the very concept of democracy is jeopardized” when the poor are marginalized and treated as if they are to blame for their condition.

The Archbishop of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese, Ignatius Kaigama / Courtesy Photo

Feeding the Hungry “an ethical imperative, powerful form of prayer”: Nigerian Archbishop

Mar 10, 2021

Putting into practice the first of the seven corporal works of mercy that calls upon the people of God to feed the hungry is an “ethical imperative” and a “powerful form of prayer,” a Nigerian Archbishop has said.

Sr. Regina Ignatia Aflah, HDR, the Co-ordinator for Human Rights
and Justice of Caritas Ghana. / Damian Avevor

Nun in Ghana Calls for “deepened social protection interventions” for Deprived in Society

Nov 16, 2020

A Ghanaian nun has, on the occasion to commemorate the fourth World Day of the Poor, called on the government and other stakeholders in Ghana to make every effort to promote and safeguard the vulnerable in society through humanitarian interventions.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address overlooking St. Peter’s Square Nov. 15, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Jesus is Telling Us to Stretch Out Our Hand to the Poor: Pope Francis

Nov 15, 2020

Jesus is telling us today to stretch out our hands to the poor, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.

Pope Francis prays during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the fourth World Day of the Poor on Nov. 15, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

"The Gospel cannot be understood without the poor”: Pope Francis

Nov 15, 2020

Pope Francis said that the needy are at the heart of the Gospel as he celebrated a Mass marking World Day of the Poor Sunday.

South African Jesuit Cautions against Neglecting Poor, Marginalized amid COVID-19 Crisis

Aug 26, 2020

A Society of Jesus (Jesuits) Cleric serving in his native country, South Africa, has, in a reflection on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, cautioned against neglecting the poor and marginalized.

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 7, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Catholics Cannot Ignore the Poverty Caused by the Pandemic: Pope Francis

Jun 13, 2020

Pope Francis said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed poverty that Catholics cannot ignore.

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie, Apostolic Administrator of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese congratulating Dame Theresa Arkhurst after her installation as the 8th National President of the St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Society at the Star of the Sea Cathedral at Takoradi on November 17, 2019. / Damian Avevor

“Help make life easier for those suffering,” Ghanaian Archbishop on World Day of the Poor

Nov 20, 2019

As the Church marked the third World Day of the Poor initiated by Pope Francis through his Apostolic Letter, ‘Misericordia et Misera’, delegates of a charitable and devotional group of Catholic men, women and children in the West African country of Ghana have been encouraged to reach out to the poor in their immediate surroundings, including the sick and suffering who are struggling to keep hope alive.

Mass for the World Day of the Poor in St. Peter's Basilica. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: The Poor, Unborn, and Elderly are Neglected in the Frenzy of Modern Life

Nov 17, 2019

On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the poor and most vulnerable can be left behind in the frenetic haste and self-centeredness of the modern world.

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday April 19, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis' Message to Those Suffering 'at the foot of the cross'

Nov 15, 2019

Pope Francis told those who are sick and suffering Friday that the world needs their prayers.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran Nov. 9, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Urges Catholics to Meet the Poor and Speak to them with love

Nov 9, 2019

Go out to meet the poor, listen to them, and speak to them with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said Saturday at Mass in the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.