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Pope Francis To Meet With Poor In Assisi on November 12

He will listen to the experiences of 500 poor from across Italy.

In a recent press release, the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization announced that Pope Francis will once again be visiting Assisi in November. The pope will be meeting with 500 poor people from across Italy on November 12.

His visit to St. Francis’s birthplace is in preparation for the celebration of the World Day of the Poor, which falls on Sunday, November 14. It is said that the Holy Father will meet the poor at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. (Read: Pope Urges Leaders to Involve the Poor in Post-Pandemic Planning)

This year’s visit will be Pope Francis’s fifth trip to Assisi since he assumed the papacy in 2013. He had been there in October 2013, August 2016, September 2016, and October 2020.

World Day of the Poor

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Photo from Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

The World Day of the Poor was established by Pope Francis in 2016 through his apostolic letter, Misericordia et misera. According to him, the idea was inspired by the Jubilee for Socially Excluded People.

“At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, I wanted to offer the Church a World Day of the Poor, so that throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need,” the pontiff said in his 2017 message for the first World Day of the Poor. (Read: Pope Francis Reiterates The Importance of Helping The Poor and Vulnerable During the World Meeting of Popular Movements)

And annually, the day is celebrated every 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time–the week before the Feast of Christ the King.

This year’s theme is “The poor you will always have with you.”–words uttered by Jesus in the Gospel of Mark (Mark 14:7), after a woman anointed her with precious ointment. In his message for the 2021 celebration, the Holy Father called for ” a new global approach to poverty.”

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