Pope Francis has announced the first World Day of the Poor to take place this Sunday, 19 November 2017. The aim of this Day is to appeal to the consciences of believers, making them sensitive to the cries of the poor and their suffering. The motto chosen for this year is, ‘Love not in word but in deed’. We thank God for the volunteers of St Vincent de Paul locally in our parishes and the work they do in reaching out to the poor in our communities. We give thanks also for the work of Trócaire which provides support to vulnerable people in the developing world.