Following the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral in Mindanao, the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines condemn violent extremism. They urge peace-loving Christians, Muslims and Indigenous peoples to join hands.
Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching Documents
Because these Catholic social teaching documents are part of an evolving body of teaching, it is important to understand them in context. We offer brief introductions by Sandie Cornish to all the major international social encyclicals as well as links to the full text. We also provide commentaries and resource materials on the encyclicals.
Find Local Teachings
Local Bishops teach on social justice issues as well as the Pope. We invite you to discover the social teachings of Catholic Bishops from Asia and the Pacific. To help you find what you are looking for, there are sub-categories for different regions and specific countries. There is also a subcategory for teaching from the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, known as the FABC.
Sources, Themes & Principles
Catholic Social Teaching Quotes
The rising cost of living and slow wages growth in Australia are combining to put pressure on many household budgets. Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen, Chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council expresses concern especially for low paid workers and families living in poverty. In his pastoral letter for… Read More »Just Wages Call on Feast of St Joseph the Worker
The season of Lent calls us to take stock of our lives. How well are we witnessing to our values and beliefs? Do they permeate every dimension of our lives, or do we, perhaps without thinking too much about it, bracket them from some parts of our lives? During the… Read More »Easter Eggs & Economic Justice
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… Read More »World Day of Peace 2018
“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… Read More »New Zealand’s Compassion for Manus Asylum Seekers
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… Read More »Manus Island Detainees Australia’s Responsibility says Bishop