Pope Francis said: "The Church certainly has no comprehensive solutions to propose, but by the grace of Christ she can offer her witness and her gestures of charity."
"She likewise feels compelled to speak out on behalf of those who lack life's basic necessities. For the Christian people, to remind everyone of the great value of the common good is a vital commitment, expressed in the effort to ensure that no one whose human dignity is violated in its basic needs will be forgotten," he added.
The theme for this year's World Day of the Poor comes from a line in chapter six of the Book of Sirach: "Stretch forth your hand to the poor."
"This year's theme – 'Stretch forth your hand to the poor' – is thus a summons to responsibility and commitment as men and women who are part of our one human family. It encourages us to bear the burdens of the weakest, in accord with the words of Saint Paul: 'Through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,'" he said.
Pope Francis established the World Day of the Poor at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016. It is celebrated each year on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, one week before the Feast of Christ the King. The 2020 World Day of the Poor will take place on November 15.
"Each year, on the World Day of the Poor, I reiterate this basic truth in the life of the Church, for the poor are and always will be with us to help us welcome Christ's presence into our daily lives," the pope said.
"The 'end' of all our actions can only be love. This is the ultimate goal of our journey, and nothing should distract us from it."