The meal, Syvla said, is meant to show attendees "that they are really special, and that we're honored to be with them."
Flowers will be placed on all the tables, multiple courses will be served, and a group of children will come into the Paul VI Hall to sing, while a band plays outside.
Those serving lunch will include a group of deacons from the Diocese of Rome, which Sylva said is a "very symbolic" gesture.
The World Day of the Poor will also be celebrated in dioceses and parishes "around the world," Sylva said.
To this end, he said the council has developed a pastoral aid for parishes and schools, available on the council's website, which has already been given to bishops' conferences and nunciatures around the world.
Available in seven languages, the aid includes, among other things, prayer vigils, lectio divina prayers and the stories of Saints associated with the poor, "so it really will give priests and laypeople involved with leadership a concrete pastoral resource they can use with the people to whom they minister."
Pointing to the logo for World Day of the Poor, Msgr. Sylva said the essence of the event can be summed up in the design, which portrays two people reaching toward each other – one from a doorway and the other from the outside – with a road in between.
"It's so beautiful because you almost don't know who's the one asking for assistance and who's the one giving assistance, but what we see is that this reciprocity, this shared essence in being in that the one on the outside realizes that to get in he's got to hold that hand out, and the one on the inside realizes that he or she has to go out in order to encounter one another," he said.
The image, he said, is a reminder that "everybody has something to share, everybody has something to give, and everybody is poor in some way."
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"So how do we hand-in-hand, heart-in-heart reach out to one another, and again to not only welcome each other into the doorway of the Church, into the heart of each believer, but also along that road in which we also accompany each other closer toward heaven?"
Pointing to Pope Francis' message for the World Day of the Poor, published in June, Sylva noted that the Pope had said care for the poor shouldn't be limited to occasional offerings that appease our consciences, but that charity must be a true encounter that shapes our daily lives.
As Christians, we are called to love everyone simply because "he or she has a need," he said, explaining that the World Day of the Poor event "expands the notion of what 'neighbor' means."
Christian charity, Sylva explained, is "not just for one day to put a coin in, but it's an attitude towards the other that needs to change in each one of us, that we need to see each other as brothers and sisters, and that's the real profundity of what our experience can be."