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His Face is All Around Us. Seeking the Face of Jesus in the Suffering and Marginalized Lessons from Pope Francis. Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith.

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his face is all around us

His Face is All Around Us

Seeking the Face of Jesus in the Suffering and Marginalized

Lessons from Pope Francis

catholic social teaching

Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith.

  • It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came "to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind"(Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with "the least of these," the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45).
Catholic Social Teaching
catechism of the catholic church
Catechism of the Catholic Church

"To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren" (no. 1397)

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Catholic Social Teaching
  • “Are we ready to be Christians full-time, showing our commitment by word and deed?”
  • For a Christian, life is not the product of mere chance, but the fruit of a call, and personal love.
call to family community and participation
Call to Family, Community and Participation

The Holy Father has called families to lives of Christian witness, asking them to model their lives on the example of St. Paul, who kept the faith by sharing it.

“Christian families are missionary families in their everyday life, in their doing everyday things, as they bring to everything the salt and the leaven of faith!”

The family: an inestimable and irreplaceable good

rights and responsibilities

 Hence, to claim one's rights and ignore one's duties, or only half fulfill  them, is like building a house with one hand and tearing it down with the  other.  Peace on Earth (Pacem in Terris), n30

Rights and Responsibilities
option for the poor and vulnerable
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

“Consumerism has accustomed us to waste. But throwing food away is like stealing it from the poor and hungry.”

the dignity of work and the rights of workers
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

 "It is neither just nor humane so to grind men down with excessive labor as to stupefy their minds and wear out their bodies." RerumNovarum (n.42)

solidarity
Solidarity

“Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.”

“We must not be afraid of solidarity; rather let us make all we have and are available to God.”

care for god s creation
Care for God’s Creation

“Care of creation is not just something God spoke of at the dawn of history; he entrusts it to each of us as part of his plan.”

“Let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”

we are here for one another
“We are here for one another”

“The Church cannot grow if people are detached, cold and bad humored. The Church can only grow through love.”