The phrase that quickly became a refrain for the papacy of Pope Francis– the “Church of the Poor and For the Poor”– has many points of contact with St. Vincent’s experience of the Church. He may be considered a precursor or prophet of this vision of the Church centered on the poor.

“For the Vincentian Family it is important to know how St. Vincent lived and understood his ‘being Church,’ since his experience may enlighten our place among the pilgrim people of God in history.”

– Vincentiana, “The Vincentian Charism in the Church”.

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