Pope Francis to Celebrate First World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis recently established the World Day of the Poor when he called for Christian communities to mark the occasion with “moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance” with people living in poverty. The World Day of the Poor coincides with the annual collection of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) on November 18-19.

Nearly 41 million people live in poverty in the United States, which is $24,600 annually for a family of four and $12,600 for a single person. This collection supports the work of groups that empower low-income people to participate in decisions that affect their lives and work to break the cycle of poverty in their communities. Twenty-five percent of the funds collected remain in each diocese to support local anti-poverty projects.