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November 19 is World Day of the Poor: Love not in word, but in deed November 16th, 2017
“It would be a day to help communities and each of the baptized 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 Evangelization (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.”
— Pope Francis in his November 2016 apostolic letter Misericordia et Misera, closing the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Church will celebrate the first World Day of the Poor on November 19, 2017, with the theme “Love not in word, but in deed.” It is a call for the Church to advocate and pray for those in poverty. This year’s observance is exactly one year after the close of the Jubilee of Mercy. The World Day of the Poor was announced in Pope Francis’s closing letter for the Jubilee of Mercy. It will be celebrated in Rome and various dioceses and parishes around the world.
- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops created a pastoral aid that includes a homily resource reflecting on the Sunday readings and Pope Francis’ message. It also includes Prayer of the Faithful, a sample bulletin announcement, parish activity ideas, and more.
Download the resource in English
Download the resource in Spanish
- Download Catholic Relief Services World Day of the Poor resources for prayer and liturgy.
- Visit the Pontifical Council’s website for more information on the day’s events.
On June 26th, Fr. Seamus Finn spoke on a panel, Investing Catholic Funds for Impact, at the Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing held in Rome. The event was co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and brought together experts and Catholic leaders from around the world to explore how the Catholic Church and other faith-based institutions can harness the power of impact capital to attain and sustain their social mission. Celebrating the Extraordinary Year of Mercy established by Pope Francis, the conference was titled Making the Year of Mercy a Year of Impact for the Poor.
Fr. Seamus Finn, OMI Speaks at Vatican-Catholic Relief Services Conference on Impact Investing July 15th, 2016
The Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing took place from June 26-28, 2016. The three-day conference, themed “Making the Year of Mercy a Year of Impact for the Poor,“ was co-hosted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Catholic Relief Services.
Fr. Seamus Finn, OMI, presented at the conference and gave an interview to Devin Watkins of Vatican Radio.
Peruvian Archbishop Appointed to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace October 11th, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI last week appointed Monsignor Pedro Barreto Jimeno, SJ., Archbishop of Huancayo and First Vice President of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference, as a new member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace of the Vatican.
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