Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass with the poor and people who assist them on 19th November, the first World Day of the Poor.
After the 2015-16 Year of Mercy, the pope established the day to encourage new initiatives fostering encounter, friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance to the poor. Pope Francis is scheduled to offer a luncheon to 500 people attending the Mass, and the Vatican said it hoped parishes would do something similar.
The World Day of the Poor celebration was just one item on a list of papal liturgies for November through January. Other items on the list published on 24th October include:
— 2nd November, feast of All Souls, afternoon Mass at the American military cemetery in Nettuno, south of Rome.
— 3rd November, annual memorial Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for cardinals and bishops who died in the past year.
— 19th November, World Day of the Poor, Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.
— 26th November to 2nd December, papal visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh.
— 8th December, feast of the Immaculate Conception, prayer at the foot of a Marian statue near Rome’s Spanish Steps.
— 12th December, feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, evening Mass for Latin America in St Peter’s Basilica.
— 24th December, Christmas Mass at 9:30pm in St Peter’s Basilica.
— 25th December, Christmas blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at noon from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica.
— 31st December, evening prayer and “Te Deum” in St Peter’s Basilica in thanksgiving for the year past.
— 1st January, Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for the feast of Mary, mother of God, and World Peace Day.
— 6th January, feast of the Epiphany, Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.
— 7th January, feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Mass in the Sistine Chapel with the baptism of several infants.
— 15th to 22nd January, papal trip to Chile and Peru.
Picture: Aid is delivered to a rural couple in Vasad, Hungary, on 19th December 2016. Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass with the poor and people who assist them on 19th November, the first World Day of the Poor. (CNS photo/Szilard Koszticsag, EPA).