The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Social Justice Week

Each year the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week, inviting us to reflect and take action on a current social justice issue. 

Social Justice Week 2021 takes place from 12 - 18 September. The theme of our Social Justice Week resources is "A Culture of Encounter: Be the Church" / "He Ahurea Tūtaki ki Ētahi atu: Me Noho Ko Koutou te Hāhi." This theme on encounter and community was inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (2020).


In the midst of this time of change and uncertainty it is tempting to retreat into what we know best. There are many reasons why people can easily get caught within their own bubble and be removed from those around them. The impact of the pandemic, our reliance on technology, a growing culture of individualism and instant gratification are just a few reasons.


But Pope Francis reminds us that "isolation and withdrawal into one's own interests are never the way to restore hope and bring about renewal. Rather it is closeness; it is the culture of encounter". (Fratelli Tutti, #30)


Digital versions of the resources are available for download by clicking the buttons below.


Key Resources


Fratelli Tutti Discussion Guide Order Form

The Discussion Guide on Pope Francis' Fratelli Tutti provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the messages from Fratelli Tutti, in the light of the wider Catholic social teaching, prayer and discussion.


Please use the online form below to order additional hard copies at no cost. We welcome any koha to help cover courier costs.


If you wish to use a digital version, you can download the electronic copy of the discussion guide above.



Alternatively, you can call us on 0800 22 10 22 or email us at to order.





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