By Vatican News
Marking the 3rd World Day of the Poor on 17 November 2019, the Fratello association has invited believers to spend four days in Lourdes with socially excluded people.
In a video-message to those gathered in Lourdes for the event, the Pope reminds those who suffer want and are abandoned to always bear in mind that God loves them and hears their prayers.
The Church has celebrated the World Day of the Poor on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time since 2017. Pope Francis established the commemoration in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera, to celebrate the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
The theme for the 2019 World Day of the Poor is “The Hope of the poor shall not perish for ever."
“You who are little, who are poor, fragile, you are the Church’s treasure. You are in the Pope’s heart, in Mary’s heart, in God’s heart”, the Pope says in the video message sent on Friday.
The Fratello association, in collaboration with dioceses and associations from all over the world, aims to serve at the very heart of the Church, meeting the poor and giving them their rightful place in the Church.
In his message, Pope Francis goes on to encourages the pilgrims in Lourdes to care for those who are sick.
He points out that there is “no one so poor to have nothing to give”. He notes that love saves the world and that God wants us to be the vessels through which love flows.
“Finally, when you return,” he says, “do not leave as you came. Return with hope, be witnesses of God's love around you. Tell the world what your treasure is: Jesus. Go with Mary, that she may make you apostles of God's tenderness. The Pope loves you and trusts you”.