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Enduring principles in a time of challenge and change

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Social Justice Week 2020
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03 Sep 2020

Social Justice Week is a time in the Catholic Calendar to consider, reflect and act on current social justice issues. This year Social Justice Week runs from 6-12 September and is based on the theme of Catholic Social Teaching.


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities are facing a time of challenge and change. In such times it is important to be grounded in enduring principles which have helped generations to make sense and act on the challenges of their time.


Pope Francis recently said, "We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat...are all of us."i


With this year's General Election fast approaching, voters will be preparing and reflecting on who to vote for. Catholic Social Teaching is an important body of thought that offers some insight on how to think about today's social issues.


"The Church's teachings are a rich treasure that help us to apply Gospel values such as love, peace, justice, compassion and community to today's issues, enabling us to work towards building a just and fair society," said Caritas Director Julianne Hickey.


Caritas has created resources that explore the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The theme for our resources is "Easy as CST: Unlocking the Church's Potential"/Māmā Noa, Pēnei i te CST: Te Tuku i ngā Pūmanawa o te Hāhi kia Whai Hua."


Resources have been distributed to parishes, schools and communities throughout New Zealand for use during Social Justice Week and beyond.


"This is a wonderful opportunity for people to learn more about how Catholic social teaching is so relevant to what we face in the world in 2020," said Julianne Hickey.


For more information for Parishes visit For schools' material visit For further information please contact Roger Ellis at or 04 496 1742.






Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' agency for justice, peace and development. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.



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