Social Justice

“Love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential to her as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel. The Church cannot neglect the service of charity any more than she can neglect the Sacraments and the Word.”

— Deus Caritas Est (God is Love), Pope Benedict XVI, 2005

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Following Jesus’ command to care for “the least of these,” Catholics are compelled to feed the hungry, heal the sick, bury the dead, welcome the migrant and visit the imprisoned.

In the public sphere, they are obliged to advocate on behalf of the common good and for a more just world. Therefore, the Conference works toward public policy that addresses many social problems, including policy that reduces poverty and advances economic justice, fair migration laws, criminal justice reform and care for creation.

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