The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Catholic social teaching

The foundation and guiding principles for all our work is Catholic social teaching, a body of thought on social issues that has been developed by the Church over the past hundred years.

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 the 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.


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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, an office of the Holy See.

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