The 7th World Day of the Poor was celebrated with great enthusaism in the Vatican.
Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and in his homily pointed out that there are many types of poverty that must be faced with courage.
When we think of poverty, we must not forget modesty: poverty is demure, it hides. We must go after it boldly.
The Pope also pointed out that attention to the poor was very present in the Christian communities of the first centuries. He recalled the words of the theologian St. Ambrose of Milan.
Poverty is a scandal. Poverty is a scandal. When the Lord returns, he will ask us to account for it and—as St. Ambrose writes—he will say, "Why did you tolerate so many poor people dying of hunger, when you possessed the gold to collect food to feed them?”
The celebration included people in need who were gathered by various congregations or social projects around Rome. Many of them took part in some elements of the Mass, such as the presentation of the offerings.