On Sunday, the 14th November, is the World Day of the Poor, a Catholic Church observance established by Pope Francis in 2016 in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera, to celebrate the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
Year after year, this day has become more important since poverty in the world is increasing despite scientific and technological progress, the advancement of civil society, and the demanding political commitments.
Especially this year, the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a significant rise in the number of people living below the poverty line and the worsening of those already there.
The Pope's words and his appeal bring us back to the urgent need to take the hand of those most in need and to learn from them.
"The poor, always and everywhere, evangelize us, because they enable us to discover in new ways the true face of the Father. They have much to teach us. Besides participating in the sensus fidei, they know the suffering Christ through their own sufferings. It is necessary that we all let ourselves be evangelized by them".
Every day, with its interventions in areas affected by emergencies and disasters, CADIS International brings material and spiritual relief to the affected people in different parts of the world.
We are committed to help with two disaster emergency interventions in Kerala, India, and Wajir, Kenya. Moreover, post-Covid interventions are ongoing in five different countries - Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Haiti. In addition, right here in Haiti we are also engaged with post-earthquake intervention.
Although CADIS' emergency and resilience interventions do not distinguish between the wealthier and the less well-off, as we extend a hand to all in difficult situations, our priority is always to provide exceptional comfort, especially spiritual comfort, to the least as not to leave them behind.
For this day, as every day, CADIS International welcomes and spreads with prayers and actions the appeal of the Holy Father:
"It is my hope that the celebration of the World Day of the Poor, now in its fifth year, will grow in our local Churches and inspire a movement of evangelization that meets the poor personally wherever they may be. We cannot wait for the poor to knock on our door; we need urgently to reach them in their homes, in hospitals and nursing homes, on the streets and in the dark corners where they sometimes hide, in shelters and reception centres. It is important to understand how they feel, what they are experiencing and what their hearts desire".
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