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July 18, 2018

Pope Francis: The Poor are Our ‘Passport’ to Paradise

Pope Francis on World Day for the Poor
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On the first World Day for the Poor, Pope Francis said caring for the needy has a saving power, because in them we see the face of Christ, and urged Christians to overcome indifference and seek ways to actively love the poor that they meet.

“In the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor,” the Pope said Nov. 19. Because of this, “in their weakness, a saving power is present. And if in the eyes of the world they have little value, they are the ones who open to us the way to heaven.”

“They are our passport to paradise,” he said, explaining that it is an “evangelical duty” for Christians to care for the poor as our true wealth.

And to do this doesn’t mean just giving them a piece of bread, but also “breaking with them the bread of God’s word, which is addressed first to them,” Francis said, adding that to love the poor “means to combat all forms of poverty, spiritual and material.”

Pope Francis spoke during Mass marking the first World Day of the Poor, which takes place every 33rd Sunday of Ordinary time and is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

Established by Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, the World Day for the Poor this year has the theme “Love not in word, but in deed.”

In the week leading up to the event, the poor and needy had access to free medical exams at a makeshift center set up in front of St. Peter’s Square.


…Assumpta Parish marks World Day of the Poor

Poor people being fed at Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Sunday Nov 19 2017


Following the directive by His Holiness Pope Francis to celebrate the maiden World Day for the poor on Sunday, November 19, Maria Assumpta Parish Owerri fetted the poor at Obiri-Odenigbo, shortly after 9.30am Mass.

In his homily, at the Mass preceding the feeding, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere harped on the need to assist the poor in our midst. He regretted that many wealthy people hardly make provision for the poor.

“How many of us have been to prisons or hospitals? You buy all kinds of Christmas items for your children, who buys for the orphans? If you are blessed with wealth use it to assist others.

Fr. Onyekwere thanked parishioners who donated towards the feeding of the poor that day. He however announced that the Archdiocesan celebration of World Day of the Poor will take place on Wednesday Nov. 29 at the Cathedral premises after Mass.



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