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Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching covers all spheres of life — economic, political, personal and spiritual.

Catholic Social Teaching, or CST, gives us a rich tradition for thinking about how our faith engages the world. With human dignity at its centre, CST is the foundation for what Pope Francis calls “integral human development,” which recognizes that everything is connected. In a message to popular movements, he explains that the “social teaching of the Church does not have all the answers, but it does have some principles that along this journey can help to concretize the answers, principles useful to Christians and non-Christians alike.”

While there are many organizations contributing to development around the world, what sets Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada apart is that it is rooted in CST. In this resource, you can explore ten interrelated CST principles and how they guide our work!

Dicover our CST Workshop Guide

Use our CST Workshop Guide to explore the Catholic Social Teaching through the “See, Judge, Act” model, encouraging students to:

  1. Identify local and global justice issues through a critical lens (See).

  2. Reflect on personal and Church values in response to these issues (Judge).

  3. Commit to using their talents and values to create positive change in their communities and beyond (Act).
Catholic Social Teaching workshop outline front page
Catholic Social Teaching Tree (Workshop guide)


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Learn and promote all 10 Catholic Social Teachings (CSTs) in your school community in order to earn this badge.

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