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Catholic Social Teaching

Caritas draws inspiration for all its work from Catholic social teaching, a body of thought on social issues that has been developed by the Church over the past hundred years.

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Catholic social teaching applies Gospel values such as love, peace, justice, compassion, reconciliation, service and community to modern social problems. It continually develops through observation, analysis, and action.

Click links below to watch videos of how different communities are practicing the core principles of Catholic social teaching that guide our work. Downloadable study and discussion programmes on each principle can also be found on these pages.


In 2014 Social Justice Week focused on Catholic social teaching. We produced the seven videos above to illustrate principles of Catholic social teaching. Download more resources below:

SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK COMBINED PARISH RESOURCES - liturgical materials, newsletter notices, prayers and more information

SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK COMBINED REFLECTIONS HEREFor 5-10 minute group or individual reflection on the Catholic social teaching videos

More info:

For an introduction to Catholic social teaching, visit faith doing justice – a website of the Australian Jesuits.

For a comprehensive guide to the full scope Catholic social doctrine, go to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church published in 2004 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican.




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