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What are the Catholic Social Teachings of the Church?

As Catholics, we are called to be our brothers' and sisters' keeper. The Catholic Social Teachings (CST) are integral to how we live our lives as Catholics yet they are also one of the best kept secrets of the Catholic Church. The CSTs are closely linked to the Beatitudes Jesus taught about in his Sermon on the Mount. Many papal documents have been written over time about our responsibilities to one another and to our environment. Below is a link to an important article regarding the CSTs. After that, you will find a link to Pope Francis' Open Wide Our Hearts, then a video produced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on dignity of work, then a link to CST Resources, and finally a timeline of other important Vatican documents regarding the Catholic Social Teachings.

Catholic Social Teaching Timeline

1891 - On the Condition of Labor (Rerum Novarum), Pope Leo XIII

1931 - On Reconstructing the Social Order (Quadragesimo Anno), Pope Pius XI

1961 - On Christianity and Social Progress (Mater et Magistra), Pope John XXIII

1963 - Peace on Earth (Pacem in Terris), Pope John XXIII

1965 - The Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes), Second Vatican Council

1965 - Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae), Second Vatican Council

1967 - On the Development of Peoples (Populorum Progressio), Pope Paul VI

1971 - A Call to Action (Octogesima Adveniens), Pope Paul VI

1971 - Justice in the World (Justitia in Mundo), Synod of Bishops

1975 - On Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii Nutiandi), Pope Paul VI 1979 - Redeemer of Man (Redemptor Hominis), Pope John Paul II

1981 - On Human Work (Laborem Exercens), Pope John Paul II

1983 - The Challenge of Peace, United States Catholic bishops

1986 - Economic Justice for All, United States Catholic bishops

1987 - On Social Concern (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis), Pope John Paul II

1991 - On the Hundredth Year (Centesimus Annus), Pope John Paul II

1995 - The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), Pope John Paul II

2004 - God is Love (Deus Caritas Est), Pope Benedict XVI

2009 - Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate), Pope Benedict XVI

2015 - On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’), Pope Francis

2020 - Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon) - Pope Francis

2020 - On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti), Pope Francis

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