Poor, unborn, elderly and disabled left behind: Pope

Mass for the World Day of the Poor in St Peter’s Basilica yesterday (CNA/Daniel Ibanez)

On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the poor and most vulnerable can be left behind in the frenetic haste and self-centredness of the modern world. Source: CNA.

“How beautiful it would be if the poor could occupy in our hearts the place they have in the heart of God,” Pope Francis said in his homily yesterday.

“In the frenzy of running, of achieving everything right now, anyone left behind is viewed as a nuisance. And considered disposable. How many elderly, unborn, disabled and poor persons are considered useless,” he said in St Peter’s Basilica.

The Pope celebrated Mass for the third annual World Day of the Poor with the theme “the hope of the poor will never be disappointed”.

He warned that there was a great temptation in today’s world to try to know and to do everything “right now” that can could cause one to lose sight of what is most important: “We no longer find time for God or for our brother and sister living next door.”

“How often do we let ourselves be seduced by a frantic desire to know everything right now, by the itch of curiosity, by the latest sensational or scandalous news, by lurid stories, by the screaming those who shout loudest and angriest, by those who tell us it is ‘now or never’.

“To us, these are front page news, but the Lord puts them on the second page,” he said. “That which will never pass away remains on the front page: the living God, infinitely greater than any temple we build for him, and the human person, our neighbour, who is worth more than all the news reports of the world.”

Francis shared lunch with nearly 1500 poor people who were invited to dine in the Paul VI Hall and nearby colleges. A medical clinic set up in St Peter’s Square also offered free medical services to those in need in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor.

The Pope made a surprise visit to the medical clinic on Friday and announced the creation of a new four-story homeless shelter near the St Peter’s Square colonnade, which he called “the Palace of the Poor”.

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Pope Francis: The poor, unborn, and elderly are neglected in the frenzy of modern life (CNA)

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