Vatican City, Jun 13, 2019 / 16:01 pm
Pope Francis challenged Catholics to be a source of hope for those in poverty, especially in the face of divisions in wealth and a throw-away culture.
The Pope released Thursday his message for the third annual World Day of the Poor, which will take place Nov. 17.
In the June 13 text, he drew a comparison between the financial disparities of people the Old Testament and current social injustices. As present-day people are trapped in new forms of slavery, he said, it is the Catholic's obligation not only to provide the poor with relief services, but with spiritual hope.
"'The hope of the poor will not perish forever' These words of the Psalm remain timely. They express a profound truth that faith impresses above all on the hearts of the poor, restoring lost hope in the face of injustice, sufferings and the uncertainties of life," the pope said.