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This Sunday Pope Francis has asked the world-wide Church to mark as the World Day of the Poor. A day to be aware of those people who are living with the daily grind of poverty, to pray for and with them, and a day to commit ourselves to action to make our world a better place.

In 2015 the United Nations set as one of the Sustainable Development Goals the eradication of poverty in all its forms everywhere. Despite the fact that the global poverty rate has been halved since 2000, intensified efforts are required to boost the incomes, reduce the suffering and build the resilience of people still living in extreme poverty. There is still a lot to be done. This goal is meaningless unless it impacts on all of us and our lives and helps to transform the world that we live in.

Pope Francis is calling on all of us to pray the Our Father this week. He calls this prayer “the prayer of the poor”. When we recognise that God is our father we also are naming all people as our sisters and brothers especially the poor and marginalised. When we say the Our Father we, who have food every day, hear the cry of the poor people of the world for the bread that they need today.

The dignity of every person is the foundation of Catholic Social Teaching. No human being should have their dignity or freedom compromised. Poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice make it impossible to live a life that is in line with this dignity. At the heart of this issue of poverty is the question of human dignity, “do we respect all the people of the world enough to do something about the issue of poverty?”

Visit the World Day of the Poor Website Link

This week in the Identity sphere:

  • We have been collecting goods for Christmas Hampers. Our Year 7 young Men of Action have been taking the lead with this project and they have done a fantastic job. A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed and especially to the Year 7 boys and their families.
  • Our India immersion group leaves Australia on Friday 24 November, please pray for these young men and their families as well as the staff who are accompanying them.
  • Year 6 end of year liturgy and morning tea on Wednesday 22 November starting at 9:50am and followed by morning tea. Parents and family members are very welcome to be part of this liturgy.

Mr Tim Kenny - Dean of Identity