Social Justice and Development

Concerning the solidarity of the Church with the whole human family, Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World (Vatican II) solemnly states: "The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the men of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted in any way, are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well. Nothing that is genuinely human fails to find an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community composed of men, of men who, united in Christ and guided by the holy Spirit, press onwards towards the kingdom of the Father and are bearers of a message of salvation intended for all men. That is why Christians cherish a feeling of deep solidarity with the human race and its history." (Gaudium et Spes, 1)

Catholic Social Teaching: *Papal Encyclicals/*Church Documents/ *Social Doctrine/ *Universal Themes/ *Discussion/

Development and Peace: *On the Road to a Just Society/ *Social Development & World Peace/ *Catholic Campaign for Human Development/

Faith and Justice Spirituality: *Prayer/ *Scripture/ *Saints/

Social Justice Ministry: *Pro-life Activities/ *Migration and Refugee Services/ *Defend Conscience Rights in Health Care/

Groups: *Development & Peace/ *Human Life International/ *Human Rights Servers/

*Social Justice Issues/