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Scriptural Theme


2016 “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee

Works of mercy

2015 “Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)

Against the globalization of indifference

2014  He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich (cf. 2 Cor 8, 9)



2006 - 2013

His holiness BENEDICT XVi

Year Scriptural Theme Issue 
2013 "Believing in charity calls forth charity"
“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16)
Relationship between faith and charity
2012 “Let us be concerned for each other,
to stir a response in love and good works”  (Heb 10:24)

Charity as responsibility in brotherhood and reciprocity

2011 “You were buried with him in baptism,
in which you were also raised with him.” (cf. Col 2: 12)
Baptism and Charity
2010 “The justice of God has been manifested
through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22)
2009 "He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry" Fasting
2008 "Christ made Himself poor for you" (2 Cor 8,9) Christian almsgiving
2007 “They shall look on Him whom they have pierced” (Jn 19:37).


2006 "Jesus, at the sight of the crowds, was moved with pity" (Mt 9:36)









Scriptural Theme Issue 
2005 "Loving the Lord…means life to you, and length of days…" (Dt 30:20)

The elderly

2004 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me." (Mt 18:5)


2003 "It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) Solidarity
2002 "You received without paying, give without pay" (Mt 10:8) Freely giving as a sign of solidarity
2001 "Love is not resentful" (1 Cor 13:5) Forgiveness and reconciliation
2000 "I am with you always, to the close of the age" (Mt 28:20)

Jubilee: conversion and reconciliation

1999 The Lord will prepare a banquet for all peoples (cf. Is 25:6) Communion in Christ and sharing with brothers and sisters
1998 "Come, O blessed of my Father, for I was poor, marginalized and you welcomed me!" (cfr. Mt. 25: 34-36) Poverty
1997 "Come, O blessed of my Father, for I was homeless and you took me in" (cf. Mt 25:34-35) Homeless
1996 "Give them something to eat" (Mt 14: 16) Hunger in the world
1995 "The Spirit of the Lord... has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim... recovery of sight to the blind.." (Lk 4:18). Illiteracy
1994 The family is at the service of charity, charity is at the service of the family. Family
1993 "I thirst." (Jn 19:28) Lack of water and desertification
1992 Called to share the table of creation. Indigenous people and "campesinos"
1991 "As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me" (Mt 25:40) The poor
1990 "I was a stranger and you welcomed me… I was a stranger and you did not welcome me" (Mt 25:35, 43) The exiled and refugees
1989 "Give us this day our daily bread" (Mt 6:11) Hunger in the world
1988 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me..." (Mt 18:5) Infant mortality
1987 "He has filled the hungry with good things, and has sent the rich away empty" (Lk 1:53) Spiritual poverty
1986 "Through love be servants of one another" (Gal 5:13) Sharing with one’s neighbour
1985 "I have compassion on the crowd" (Mk 8:2) Hunger in the world
1984 "...‘Come O blessed of my Father… for I was hungry and you gave me food…’" (cf. Mt 25:34-35) Material, moral and spiritual suffering
1983 "And all who believed where together and had all things in common" (Acts 2:44) Sharing
1982 "Who is my neighbour?" (Lk 10:29) Are you a good Samaritan to your neighbour?
1981 "A new commandment I give to you, that you also love one another" (Jn 13:34) Coresponsibility
1980 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Mt 6:21) Sharing one’s treasure
1979 The widow in the Gospel who knew that what she was giving away was already a gift to her from God. Penance and solidarity





his holiness paul VI

Year Scriptural Theme Issue 
1978 "Those who believed shared all things in common" (Acts 2:44) Sharing
1977 Our Encyclical Populorum Progressio, on the development of peoples, was like a  “cry of anguish, in the name of the Lord”, addressed to the Christian communities and to all the people of good will. Marginalisation
1976 "Love the brethren! Love those who need your love and your service" (cf. 1 Jn 4:19-21) Sharing
1975 "The poor you always have with you" (Jn 12:8) Sharing
1974 "The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry" (Saint Basil, Homily VI in Lc, XII, 18, PG XXXI, col. 275) Renewal and reconciliation with God and our brothers and sisters
1973 "For I was hungry and you gave me food" (Mt 25:35) Sharing and solidarity