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Toronto Catholic District School Board

World Day of Poor

November 21, 2018

First celebrated in 2017. Declared by Pope Francis.


Pope Francis is calling on Christians around the world to serve the poor with concrete actions that address their daily needs, writing in a document launching a new World Day of the Poor that service to them is “an imperative that no Christian may disregard.”


Citing the examples given in the Acts of the Apostles and in several of the letters in the New Testament, Francis says service of the poor was “one of the first signs of the entrance of the Christian community upon the world’s stage.”


The pope also reminds Catholics that they believe Christ is found in every human person.


“If we truly wish to encounter Christ, we have to touch his body in the suffering bodies of the poor, as a response to the sacramental communion bestowed in the Eucharist,” states Francis. “The Body of Christ, broken in the sacred liturgy, can be seen, through charity and sharing, in the faces and persons of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.”


(Excerpt from the National Catholic Reporter


Please Note: Pope Francis has declared the third Sunday in November as World Day of Poor. TCDSB and the Archdiocese are marking World Day of Poor on November 21st.