World Day of the Poor

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The third World Day of the Poor will be marked in the Universal Church on Sunday 17 November 2019.  It was established by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera, issued on 20 November 2016 to celebrate the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The first World Day of the Poor was celebrated in November 2017.


For his message marking the third World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis’ has chosen the theme ‘The hope of the poor shall not perish forever, which taken from the Book of Psalms. In his message Pope Francis says that Christians must sow hope among the poor.



Thanks to our colleagues in the Catholic Communications Office, extensive resources and a copy of Pope Francis’ message for the Day are available to download here

World Day of the Poor Resources



Crosscare is the Dublin Diocesan Social Care Agency, working with those in need on behalf of the Church.

On this weekend of World Day of the Poor, take some time to see the work carried out by Crosscare in our cities, towns and parishes helping the most vulnerable in our communities