In his message for the third Church-sponsored World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that today millions of men, women, young people and children are enslaved by “new forms of bondage.”

The third World Day of the Poor will be observed on Nov. 17, and this year’s theme is taken from the Psalms: “The hope of the poor shall not perish forever.”

According to Francis, the Psalms were written at a time when “arrogant and ungodly people” went after the poor, trying to take possession of what little they had and reducing them to bondage. This situation, he said, hasn’t changed much, with large groups of people accumulating fortunes while there are people living in the streets with their basic needs unfulfilled.

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