World Day of the PoorSunday 17th November 2019
‘We must remember the poor are not just numbers, they are people’.
These are the words Pope Francis has chosen to highlight in his message to mark World Day of the Poor this year.
World Day of the Poor is an annual day in the Church’s calendar created by Pope Francis, and this year we mark the day on the 17th November.
Here in the Diocese of Salford we are using the opportunity of World Day of the Poor to celebrate all the volunteers of Caritas and the other charities of the diocese, who give up their time and use their gifts and talents to help those in need. Caritas Diocese of Salford is our sister charity and runs organisations like Cornerstone, The Lalley Centre and the St Joseph Befriending Service. It has over 700 volunteers to help keep its 22 projects running.
The help that these volunteers provide goes a long way in helping people to rebuild their lives, or to survive from one day to the next by providing emergency food parcels, a safe place to sleep or even just a helping hand and a friendly smile.
Without the dedication of our ever-growing army of volunteers, we would not be able to continue to keep our services running. We would like to thank each and every one of them for all they do; for bringing hope back into the lives of those who are faced with what can feel like impossible challenges and showing that ordinary actions can make an extraordinary difference.