At the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis announced a new ‘World Day of the Poor’, which is to be celebrated on Sunday, 19 November, 2017. He describes the genesis and the idea behind this day:
“During the “Jubilee for Socially Excluded People”, as the Holy Doors of Mercy were being closed in all the cathedrals and shrines of the world, I had the idea that, as yet another tangible sign of this Extraordinary Holy Year, the entire Church might celebrate, on the Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, the World Day of the Poor. This would be the worthiest way to prepare for the celebration of the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, who identified with the little ones and the poor and who will judge us on our works of mercy (cf. Mt 25:31-46). It would be a day to help communities and each of the baptised to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Lk 16:19-21), there can be no justice or social peace. This Day will also represent a genuine form of new evangelisation (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy.” (Misericordia et miseria)
- Misericordia et miseria, Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis, 22 November 2016 http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2016/11/21/161121b.html ;
- “World Day of the Poor, a gesture for all”, Giorgio Bernardelli, La Stampa, 29 November 2016 http://www.lastampa.it/2016/11/29/vaticaninsider/eng/world-news/world-day-of-the-poor-a-gesture-for-all-nHZSwqEtWOfNgYGHTiJGOP/pagina.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter.