In his Message for the World Day of the Poor on 14 November, on the theme “The poor you will always have with you” (Mk14:7), Pope Francis makes a strong appeal to Christians and governments around the world to intervene urgently and in a new way because the poor, also because of the pandemic, “have increased disproportionately”. It is necessary to change lifestyles because it is selfishness that causes poverty.
When Jesus says, “the poor you will always have with you”, Pope Francis clarifies, it is “a summons never to lose sight of every opportunity to do good”. It is not a question, however, “of easing our conscience by giving alms, but of opposing the culture of indifference and injustice, we have created with regard to the poor.”
Read the whole text of the Message, presented on June 14, 2021.