02 FEB 2017 – Welcome the needy

We live in cities that throw up skyscrapers and shopping centers and strike big real estate deals … but they abandon a part of themselves to marginal settlements on the periphery.[1]

The result of this situation is that great sections of the population are excluded and marginalized: without a job, without options, without a way out. [2]

Don’t abandon them. Pray with me for all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.[3]

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[1]Address of Pope Francis to the participants in the World Meeting of Popular Movements. Old Synod Hall, Tuesday, 28 October 2014.

[2] Evangelii Gaudium: Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel”, Art. 53.

[3] Universal Prayer Intention of the Holy Father entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer). February 2017.


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