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Listed Below are Links to Catholic Social Justice Teachings by Topic


Pastoral Letter on CST and the US Economy

St. Pope Paul VI Encyclical "On the Development of Peoples" (the world economy and its effect on people)

"A Catholic Framework for Economic Life" (US Bishops on ten key principles to help reflect on the values that should shape our participation in economic life.) 

Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel" - Chapter 4


Racial Justice

USCCB Pastoral Letter Against Racism, 2018: "Open Wide Our Hearts"

USCCB Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979: "Brothers and Sisters to Us All" (Selected quotes)

Rev. Bryan Massingale,

"The Ignatian Witness to Truth in a Climate of Injustice"

The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society  Pontifical Society for Justice and Peace

Pope Francis Cites Dangers of Racism

Bishop Edward Braxton Addresses How To Heal US Racial Divide

Euthanasia/ Assisted Suicide

Top Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide

Fact Sheet: Voluntary to Involuntary

US Bishops Statement on Physician Assisted Suicide: "To Live Each Day with Dignity"

St. Pope John Paul II Encyclical "On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life"

Health Care

Pope Francis - Health Care a right, not a privilege

Pope Francis - Equal Access to Health Care

Catholic Social Teaching and Health Care

Immigrants and Refugees

Pope Francis' Message for 2022 World Day for Migrants and Refugees

Quotes from Church Teachings on the Rights of Migrants and Refugees

US Bishops on Immigration Nov. 2000:

Welcoming the Stranger Among Us

US and Mexican Bishops Pastoral Letter Concerning Migration: Strangers No Longer Together

CST on Immigration and the Movement of Peoples


Catholic Social Teaching on Poverty, an Option for the Poor, and the Common Good

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

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