On the Sixth World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis urged Christians to look at the pain and problems present in the world with a constructive spirit.
He was not only referring to the suffering of the poor, but to all those who suffer due to hunger and other injustices, especially wars.
What is the Lord saying to us in the face of this third world war? What is the Lord saying to us? And while these evil events that create poverty and suffering are happening, Christians must ask themselves: What good can I do, concretely?
The main guests invited to St. Peter's Basilica for the Mass were people in need from around Rome.
At the end of the celebration, Pope Francis headed up to the papal apartments to pray the Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square. From there, he sent a message to the COP27 climate summit in Egypt.
I hope that steps will be taken, with courage and determination, in the path laid out by the Paris Agreement.
He also asked for prayers for peace in Ukraine.
Let us be close to them with concrete prayer and solidarity. Peace is possible. Let us not resign ourselves to war.
Afterwards, the Pope went to the Paul VI Audience Hall to continue with his agenda for the day.
JRB TR: JM