Pope's November-January schedule includes new World Day of the Poor

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will celebrate a special
Mass with the poor and people who assist them Nov. 19, the first World Day of
the Poor.

After the 2015-16 Year of Mercy, the pope established the
day to encourage new initiatives fostering encounter, friendship, solidarity
and concrete assistance to the poor. Pope Francis is scheduled to offer a
luncheon to 500 people attending the Mass, and the Vatican said it hoped
parishes would do something similar.

The World Day of the Poor celebration was just one item on a
list of papal liturgies for November through January. Other items on the list
published Oct. 24 include:

— Nov. 2, feast of All Souls, afternoon Mass at the
American military cemetery in Nettuno, south of Rome.

— Nov. 3, annual memorial Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for
cardinals and bishops who died in the past year.

— Nov. 19, World Day of the Poor, Mass in St. Peter’s

— Nov. 26-Dec. 2, papal visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh.

— Dec. 8, feast of the Immaculate Conception, prayer at the
foot of a Marian statue near Rome’s Spanish Steps.

— Dec. 12, feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, evening Mass for
Latin America in St. Peter’s Basilica.

— Dec. 24, Christmas Mass at 9:30 p.m. in St. Peter’s

— Dec. 25, Christmas blessing “urbi et orbi” (to
the city and the world) at noon from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

— Dec. 31, evening prayer and “Te Deum” in St.
Peter’s Basilica in thanksgiving for the year past.

— Jan. 1, Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the feast of
Mary, mother of God, and World Peace Day.

— Jan. 6, feast of the Epiphany, Mass in St. Peter’s

— Jan. 7, feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Mass in the
Sistine Chapel with the baptism of several infants.

— Jan. 15-22, papal trip to Chile and Peru.

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