Catholic Social Teaching is sometimes referred to as the Church's 'best kept secret'. In order to make it better known, we have chosen quotations would be suitable for copying into parish bulletins to give people a 'taster'.
Meanwhile, the Gospel tells us constantly to run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas, with their joy which infects us in our close and continuous interaction. True faith in the incarnate Son of God is inseparable from self-giving, from membership in the community, from service, from reconciliation with others.
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, para 88
Never hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another.
Pope Saint John XXIII
We ask for peace and freedom for the many men and women subject to old and new forms of enslavement on the part of criminal individuals and groups.
Pope Francis, Blessing Urbi et Orbi, Easter 2015
By drawing closer to the poor, little by little we become their confidants and counsellors in the worst moments of this earthly pilgrimage. We can give them the comforting words of faith and often we succeed, not by our own merit, in putting on the right road people who have strayed without meaning to.”
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Corpus Christi (23 June) (Nearest Sunday to Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26 June))
We suffer with those who have disappeared, those who have had to flee their homes, and those who have been tortured.
Saint Óscar Romero
(Nearest Sunday to World Refugee Day (20 June))
Immigrants dying at sea, in boats which were vehicles of hope and became vehicles of death. That is how the headlines put it. … I felt that I had to come here today, to pray and to offer a sign of my closeness, but also to challenge our consciences lest this tragedy be repeated. Please, let it not be repeated!
Pope Francis, Visit to Lampedusa, 8 July 2013
During the first pastoral visit of his pontificate Pope Francis travelled to the island of Lampedusa, a common arrival site for migrants travelling on routes through northern Africa. Pope Francis placed a wreath in the sea, prayed for those who lost their lives, and celebrated Mass.
“Do not grieve or complain that you were born in a time when you can no longer see God in the flesh. He did not in fact take this privilege from you. As He says: ‘Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you did to me’.”
Saint Augustine of Hippo
Jesus taught his disciples to pray by asking the Heavenly Father not for "my" but for "our" daily bread. Thus, he desired every person to feel co‐responsible for his brothers so that no one would want for what he needs in order to live. The earth's produce forms a gift which God has destined "for the entire human family”.
Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus, 12 November 2006
The kingdom of God is not far from us, but is near and often hidden in the holiness of daily life.
Pope Francis, Homily at Casa Santa Marta, 13 November 2014