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500 Homeless to Dine With The Pope in November - Perspectives Daily

Noel Ocol

June 13, 2017
Earlier today, Pope Francis called on Christians and people of all beliefs to celebrate on November 19th, the first World Day of the Poor- by helping those in need not only in words, but in concrete deeds.
Presenting the message to journalists on behalf of the Pope, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, explained that this “World Day of the Poor”  was announced spontaneously by Pope Francis and that he invites the whole Church, and men and women of goodwill everywhere, to turn their gaze, on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help. In the Pope’s message entitled, “Let us love, not with words but with deeds”, the Pope explains, that at the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, he wanted to offer the Church a “World Day of the Poor”, so that throughout the world, Christian communities can become a greater sign of Christ’s charity for those most in need.”  “The poor are not a problem,” the pope said. “They are a resource from which to draw from, as we strive to accept and practice in our lives the essence of the Gospel.”
On November 19, the Pope will invite 500 poor people to have lunch in the Vatican. In the standing tradition held by previous popes instituting World Days, Francis hopes that this day may become a powerful appeal to our consciences, and as believers, allow us to grow in the conviction that sharing with the poor enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel. And for the complete text of the Pope’s statement, you can visit our website here.
Catholic US congressman, Chris Smith, seeks to increase aid funding for east African countries affected by famine and violence and is seeking a reappointment as a special envoy to the region under the Trump administration. Recently returning from a congressional delegation to South Sudan and Uganda, Congressman Smith explains how Catholic Relief Services has been making great strides in an effort to combat the crisis in the Sudan and talks about what he saw.
The South African Council of Churches is calling for the dissolvement of parliament and new general elections following its own findings of severe corruption in government.
The government, headed by President Jacob Zuma, "has lost its moral legitimacy" and new polls are needed, according to the South African Council of Churches in a June 10 statement.
Last year, the council set up an "unburdening panel" for anyone who participated in or knew of corruption activities. The extensive report, based on that panel, reveals an elite group within the government that is parceling out contracts and profitable opportunities to inner-circles, against the interests and the common good of the South African citizenry. The statement said members of parliament display "complete moral bankruptcy in the execution of their responsibilities in upholding the laws, and general elections are needed to secure a fresh mandate based on acceptable values and on integrity"
The council's report on the panel's findings noted that "South Africa may be just a few inches from a mafia state, from which, there may be no return.” I will bring you more on this developing story as details become available.
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