Pope Francis’ World Day of the Poor on Sunday Includes Listening, Helping

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Sunday, Nov. 14, is the fifth World Day of the Poor.

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at 10 a.m. Some 2,000 poor people will be in attendance. After Mass, the Vatican will distribute lunch to those present.

In past years, there have been many more people, but the pandemic has forced the Vatican to limit attendance. It was Pope Francis’ idea to designate a day dedicated to people in need. The pontiff usually finds support in local businesses that offer concrete aid to the poor.

For example, a chain of Italian supermarkets will donate five tons of pasta, one ton of rice, about 265 gallons of oil and nearly 800 gallons of milk to shelters for families in need.