Cardinal Hume Centre welcomes first ever world day of the poor

The Cardinal Hume Centre is today joining with Catholics across the world to mark the first ever World Day of the Poor.

The Day, set by Pope Francis on the 33rd Sunday of the year, is to prepare Catholics for the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King the following Sunday. Pope Francis hopes that the Day will help us to consider that if there are destitute people on our streets, there can be no justice or social peace. The Pope says that we should not think of the poor simply as the beneficiaries of our generosity, but as a way of encountering Christ.

Cathy Corcoran, Chief Executive of the Cardinal Hume Centre, said: “World Day of the Poor is a chance for us all to reflect on the desperate situation of everyone facing poverty and destitution. This is the everyday reality for the hundreds of families and young people who visit our Centre each year. Here at the Centre, we remain determined to work with people in crisis, welcoming ‘as Christ’ each person who comes to us, providing them with a warm welcome and tangible support. It is also an opportunity for us to ask: why are so many people poor? Why is there such an increase in homelessness in the worlds seventh richest country? ”

A range of liturgy resources, prayer cards and testimonies, provided by Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), together with CAFOD, the SVP, Justice and Peace, the National Board of Catholic Women and Caritas dioceses throughout England and Wales, are available on the CSAN website: www.csan.org.uk/worlddayofthepoor