Pope Gives Message For World Day Of The Poor - The Next Day - Italian Asylum Centre Blows Up!
World Day of the Poor: 'Do not turn your face away'
Pope Francis instituted the celebration of the World Day of the Poor in 2017. He encouraged the Church to "go forth", beyond its own walls, to encounter poverty "in the multiple meanings in which it manifests itself in today's world.” The Pope will preside over the Eucharistic Celebration marking the seventh edition of the World Day of the Poor in St. Peter's Basilica on 19 November.
'Do not look away from the poor' "
Do not look away from the poor" (Tobit 4,7), is the theme for the 2023 World Day for the Poor. Pope Francis begins his message for the Day by stressing that “a great river of poverty is traversing our cities and swelling to the point of overflowing; it seems to overwhelm us, so great are the needs of our brothers and sisters who plead for our help, support and solidarity.” “We are living,” he continues, “in times that are not particularly sensitive to the needs of the poor. The pressure to adopt an affluent lifestyle increases, while the voices of those dwelling in poverty tend to go unheard." Source
More than 30 people injured in explosion at Italian asylum centre
A video published by the fire brigade shows parts of the two-storey building in San Lorenzo Nuovo, near Viterbo, reduced to rubble after the explosion that occurred shortly before midnight on Friday evening. Thirty-one people were injured after an explosion, "probably as a result of a gas leak", in a building housing asylum seekers in central Italy, the fire brigade said on Saturday. A video published by the fire brigade shows parts of the two-storey building in San Lorenzo Nuovo, near Viterbo, in the Lazio region of Central Italy, reduced to rubble after the explosion that occurred shortly before midnight on Friday evening. The fire brigade said in a statement that there had been an "explosion and partial collapse" of the building, described as a reception centre for asylum seekers, "probably as a result of a gas leak". Source