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The pope’s day with the poor

ROME (SE): Pope Francis once said that he has learned two things in life; to speak simply and to use symbols.
 
In unearthing World Day of the Poor he picked a potent symbol for the whole of the Church as a sign that Christians should be serious about their commitment to promoting human welfare, not just leaving it to others, but in their own person.
 
“On this day, I invite the entire Church to keep its gaze fixed on those who hold out their hands asking for our solidarity,” Pope Francis said in a tweet.

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A taste of poverty on World Day of the Poor

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs is organising a Seven-Day Poverty Experiential Programme to mark the first World Day of the Poor, an initiative introduced by Pope Francis at the ceremony to close the Holy Door and bring the Jubilee of Mercy to completion at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on November 20 last year.
 

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Concrete love and realistic action

World Day of the Poor is being marked by the worldwide Church today. It was instituted last year not only as an extension of the spirit of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, but also as a reminder of the our obligation to serve the poor, both in word and deed.
 
Running under the theme of Let us love, not with words but with deeds, the first World Day of the Poor reminds us that loving the poor is the mission of Christians and also an essential part of the vocation in following Jesus, who was poor.