Like the wise men who came in search of the Christ Child, we can seek to notice God's action in the world, look into to the meaning of events, and respond by taking a new path.

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Catholic Social Teaching

What is Catholic Social Teaching?

Learn about this rich tradition of thought and action for social justice. We offer a simple overview and suggest five ways to get to know the tradition better.

Key Principles

Find out about the most important principles of Catholic Social Teaching. We introduce Catholic thinking about the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity and solidarity.

Sources of Catholic Social Teaching

Explore the sources that inform and guide the development of Catholic Social Teaching. Scripture, tradition, reason and experience all play a part.

Major Documents

Find out about the most important international teaching documents. We provide a list of all the social encyclicals of the modern period with brief introductions and links to the full text. We also offer reflections and resources.

Tips for Reading the Documents

How do you go about making sense of these documents with Latin names? We offer a handy list of dos and don'ts to help you find your way.

Asia Pacific Teachings

Local Bishops and Bishops Conferences share in the responsibility to teach about social justice too. We provide links to teachings from around the Asia Pacific region.

Themes & Issues

An Option for the Poor

Find out more about how a preferential love for the poor and marginalised guides Catholic thinking and action for social justice.

Migrants & Refugees

Catholic teaching defending the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other people on the move.

Social Sin & Structures of Sin

Find out what Catholic Social Teaching means by social sin and structures of sin - and how they are related to personal and communal responsibility for injustice.

Indigenous Peoples

The rights of Indigenous peoples are human rights. Learn about Catholic Social Teaching on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Integral Ecology

Ecology goes beyond care for the natural environment. It embraces the vast network of relationships between all that is.

Civil Society & the State

Political authority exists to serve people and communities by organizing and promoting the common good.

Latest News

World Day of Peace 2018

World Day of Peace 2018 Message from Pope Francis Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of Peace 2018 focuses on migrants’ and refugees’ search for peace. Hunger or persecution drive some while the possibility of a life in which they can pursue their full human development draws others. All are seeking peace. By...

New Zealand’s Compassion for Manus Asylum Seekers

“Why should the Australian Government be frightened if New Zealand chooses to act with compassion?” The Catholic Diocese of Auckland Justice and Peace Commission ask the Australian Government to let New Zealand resettle asylum seekers on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Labelling the living conditions of the detainees a “violation of basic human dignity”,...

Manus Island Detainees Australia’s Responsibility says Bishop

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding on Manus Island following the closure of the Australian funded immigration detention centre on 31 October 2017. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen is the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference spokesperson on asylum seekers and refugees. He made the following statement on 3 November. Bishop Long’s Statement “The safety and well-being...

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About Us

Socially engaged
spirituality online


The Social Spirituality project promotes socially engaged spirituality via social media. It shares spirituality and social ethics, contemplation and action, at the service of a faith that does justice.


Spirituality is not just a personal thing. It touches our intergroup or social relationships too. We use the expression social spirituality to draw attention to a spirituality that sustains and guides action for social transformation.


We meet God in people, places and things, and in events. Spirituality and ethics meet in our response to concrete social issues. That is why the project focuses in a special way on the unique encounter with God in the Asia Pacific context. It especially explores how Catholic Social Teaching is understood and expressed in Asia Pacific today.