A day in which solidarity and religion come together in favor of families living in social vulnerability. This is the objective of an action that marks the World Day of the Poor in the Catholic Church, and which will be remembered this Sunday (19). In Rio Branco, the Divino Espírito Santo Parish will promote a special day for 270 needy families in the capital of Acre.
According to the coordinator of the community’s Cáritas Paroquial, João Nascimento de Oliveira, the objective of the action is to provide a special day for families who are already supported by the church throughout the year.
World Day of the Poor was created in 2016 and this year its theme is the biblical phrase “Never take your eyes off someone who is poor”.
“It’s an action that we don’t want to boast about, but, yes, these are families that we accompany from January to January, and now we have a day of leisure. This is a date that our Pope Francis created, there are five communities, which have between 70 and 80 children, and we have partners who support us”, he says.
The action will take place at the parish headquarters, located in the Conquista neighborhood. Families were invited from the neighborhoods of Conquista, Bairro da Paz, Nova Estação, Santa Quitéria, and also from areas affected by the flooding of the Acre River this year.
According to the coordinator, this is the third year that the action has been promoted. The program is being resumed after being suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will also feature a moment of prayer, lunch, and a solidarity bazaar.
“There are 270 families, we did it by invitation because our hall doesn’t hold many people. It’s the third year, we suspended it due to Covid, and now that everything is fine, we’re doing it again,” she adds.