Catholic Social Teaching

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CSAN, CAFOD and JRS, inspired by the Year of Mercy, have collaborated to produce two fantastic new resources in solidarity with refugees.

Lampedusa cross action card

The action features inspirational quotes from Pope Francis on the front and back. On the inside of the card, there’s an explanation of why the symbol of the Lampedusa Cross has been used:

“Sicilian carpenter Francesco Tuccio made rough crosses from the wreckage of a boat carrying refugees that sank off the island of Lampedusa. The crosses were offered to survivors as a symbol of their rescue and sign of hope.”

You are invited to write a message of hope for refugees on a tear-off part of the card, which will feature in a special event at the end of the year and shared with refugees in the UK and around the world.

You can order action cards directly from Caroline Grogan, 020 7633 4970,

Once filled out, you can return your action card with the following Year of Mercy refugee action organiser response form

“In this Year of mercy, Pope Francis invites us all to make a pilgrimage.” We have produced a range of group pilgrimages to be carried out wherever the group deems fitting.

To accompany the pilgrimages, available on the above link, we have 

 and a 

When you complete a group pilgrimage, ask your pilgrimage leader to return the 

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Caroline Grogan, Communications and Media Officer.


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Apostolic Letter ‘On the Service of Charity’ was released by the Vatican on 1 December 2012.

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Catholic Social Teaching takes a profound viewpoint on the nature of the human person, our relationship with God and how we are supposed to live together.  This is a very brief presentation of some of these key background themes and includes some brief quotations from relevant CST documents.  Ideal for the classroom.

CST has a long and complex history of thought and debate.  How can it be brought to bear on questions of migration today?  Anna Rowlands here gives a brief outline of five relevant principles.

Tue, May 22nd at: 11:42 am in:

(A colection of Encyclicals which are of relevance to our values and work.)


Caritas in veritate, by Pope Benedict XVI in June 29, 2009

Spe Salvi, by Pope Benedict XVI in November 30, 2007

Deus Caritas Est, by Pope Benedict XVI in January 25, 2006

Evangelium Vitae  by Pope John Paul II in March 25, 1995

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis by Pope John Paul II in December 30, 1987

Populorum Progressio  by Pope Paul VI in March 26, 1967

Pacem in Terris by Pope John XXIII in April 11, 1963

Rerum Novarum by Pope Leo XIII in May 15, 1891


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