In an increasingly interconnected world, where the boundaries of nations blur in the face of shared humanity, there exists a day that transcends borders, religions, and socioeconomic divisions—the World Day of the Poor. Celebrated on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, this day stands as a poignant reminder of the collective responsibility towards those marginalized by poverty, urging societies worldwide to unite in solidarity and compassion.
The World Day of the Poor was established by Pope Francis in 2017, inspired by his exhortation in his apostolic letter “Misericordia et Misera” to promote a culture of encounter and solidarity. Scheduled on the penultimate Sunday of the liturgical year, this observance is a clarion call to individuals, governments, and organizations to address the multifaceted challenges faced by the impoverished.
Challenges in Addressing Poverty
However, the path towards eradicating poverty remains fraught with challenges. Economic disparities, political unrest, climate change, and now the enduring aftermath of a global pandemic have exacerbated the plight of the impoverished. The pandemic laid bare the gaping inequalities in access to healthcare, education, and basic necessities, underscoring the urgency of concerted efforts to uplift the marginalized.