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On Nov. 17, 2019, Pope Francis shared a free lunch with nearly 1,500 poor people invited to dine at the Vatican for the 3rd annual World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis to meet 500 poor in Assisi on Nov. 12

Oct 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The encounter will mark the Catholic Church’s 5th annual celebration of the World Day of the Poor. Read more

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

Pope Francis: Marginalizing the poor threatens ‘the very concept of democracy’

Jun 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

In his World Day of the Poor message, the pope appealed for a new global approach to poverty. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address overlooking St. Peter’s Square Nov. 15, 2020.

Pope Francis: Stretch out your hand to the poor

Nov 15, 2020

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

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia.

Archbishop calls on Catholics to ‘take personal responsibility’ for aiding the poor

Nov 15, 2020

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, encouraged Catholics to exit... Read more

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

Pope Francis: The poor are at the heart of the Gospel

Nov 15, 2020

Pope Francis on Sunday said that the needy are at the heart of the Gospel as he celebrated a Mass... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, at the Vatican press office on Jan. 18, 2016.

Pandemic forces Vatican to scale down World Day of the Poor events

Nov 12, 2020

Coronavirus restrictions have forced the Vatican to scale down its commemoration of the World Day of the Poor, a Vatican... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 7, 2020.

Pope Francis: Catholics cannot ignore the poverty caused by the pandemic

Jun 13, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mass for the World Day of the Poor in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis: The poor, unborn, and elderly are neglected in the frenzy of modern life

Nov 17, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the poor and most vulnerable can be left behind... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday April 19, 2019.

Pope Francis' message to those suffering 'at the foot of the cross'

Nov 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran Nov. 9, 2019.

Pope urges Catholics to meet the poor and speak to them with love

Nov 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Go out to meet the poor, listen to them, and speak to them with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, August 2018.

Christians must sow hope among the poor, pope says

Jun 13, 2019

Pope Francis challenged Catholics to be a source of hope for those in poverty, especially in the face of divisions... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass on the World Day of the Poor Nov. 18, 2018.

Invite Jesus into the storms of life, Pope Francis says

Nov 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

During a difficult time, it can be easy to see only the immediate problem; but asking Jesus to be the... Read more

Pope Francis during his Dec. 13, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope urges 'examination of conscience' on treatment of the poor

Jun 14, 2018

By Elise Harris

In his message for this year's World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis challenged Catholics on their attitude toward the... Read more

Pope Francis recites the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Nov. 19, 2017.

Pope: Are you afraid of God? If so, you don't really know who he is

Nov 19, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Sunday cautioned against having a “mistaken” idea of God as harsh and punishing, saying this fear will... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the World Day of the Poor Nov. 19, 2017.

Pope Francis: the poor are our 'passport to paradise'

Nov 19, 2017

By Elise Harris

On the first World Day for the Poor, Pope Francis said caring for the needy has a saving power, because... Read more

How US Catholics will mark the World Day of the Poor

Nov 17, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

As the first World Day of the Poor approaches on Nov. 19, Catholics in the U.S. aim to amplify their... Read more

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

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to the poor outside St Peter's Square

Nov 16, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Thursday made an unannounced visit to a small makeshift medical center in front of St. Peter's Square... Read more

More than just giving – World Day of the Poor highlights change of attitude

Nov 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

As the Church prepares to celebrate the first World Day of the Poor, an event announced by Pope Francis last... Read more

Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on January 16, 2015.

For first World Day of the Poor, Francis encourages personal encounter

Jun 13, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his message for the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the suffering and broken bodies... Read more