World Day of the Poor

Restore dignity & share the hope of Christ


Participate in World Day of the Poor

Respond to the needs of those in material and spiritual poverty

The call to serve the poor has been greatly emphasized under the papacy of Pope Francis, who established the World Day of the Poor in 2017. The Holy Father’s message for 2022 is a reflection on 2 Corinthians 8:9: “For your sakes Christ became poor”. As Catholics called to practice mercy, we should make this an intentional day of compassionate action, especially when we consider Christ’s words from the Gospel of Matthew: “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt. 25:40).

On this day, which is celebrated this year on Sunday, November 13 (the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time) Catholics are called to consider the suffering of our brothers and sisters and challenged to practice corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

"For your sakes Christ became poor" - 2 Corinthians 8:9

Cross Catholic Outreach: A Catholic Ministry Serving the Poorest of the Poor

Cross Catholic Outreach is a nonprofit Catholic relief and development ministry that provides material and spiritual aid to the poorest of the poor. With the support of Catholics around the world, we mobilize the Church in 28 developing nations to transform the poor and their communities for the glory of Jesus Christ. Learn more about our global impact of donors like you.

Our ministry acts as a bridge that connects developmental aid to the Catholic priests, lay leaders and religious missionaries who are on the ground serving the poorest of the poor. The loving generosity of our donors feeds the hungry, cares for orphans and vulnerable children, funds clean water initiatives, heals the sick, provides access to education and more. Together, our ministry restores the dignity of the poor and spreads the Catholic faith.

Mark the Sixth Annual World Day of the Poor by supporting the ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach

Become a Cross Mission Partner Today

Cross Mission Partners receive this prayer journal, handmade by those we serve in Haiti!

Use it for reflections and notes to grow in your spiritual life. You’ll also receive a prayer request form to mail back so that we can pray for your needs. In effect, this creates a spiritual bridge to connect you to our sisters and brothers in Christ in the developing world!

Cross Mission Partners also receive a semiannual Mission Update with news, insights and information about the good work and accomplishments made possible by your support.

* Every dollar helps us bless the least of our brothers and sisters throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico & Central America and South America.

Thank You for Your Special Commitment to Serving the Poor!

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.