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Catholic Social Teaching

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

With human dignity at its centre, a holistic approach to development founded on the principles of CST is what Pope Paul VI called ‘authentic development’.

Explore the Catholic Social Teaching principles and how they guide the work of Development and Peace.

Activities Database

Activities and Prayers for your THINKfast, classroom, workshop or meeting!

Curricular Resources

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada works with partners in Catholic education to produce relevant resources that are aligned with curriculum expectations.

Although the curriculum links specified in the resources published in January 2017 and February 2018 are to the Alberta Education Programs of Studies, they can be easily adapted by educators in other provinces.

Laudato Si’: A Call for Transformative Education For Our Common Home

We are proud to share with you these extensive resources on Laudato Si’ and our campaign For Our Common Home!

Laudato Si’

Learn more about the Holy Father’s encyclical letter on Care for Our Common Home.

Cover of our Retreat package "On Earth as it is in Heaven".

Retreat package for secondary school students


Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the retreat package On Earth as it is in Heaven! This retreat package invites students to explore their spirituality through the eyes of “God’s Kingdom”. The package has everything you need to organize a retreat, including ice breakers, and four activities and prayers that explore Catholic Social Teaching within the context of the work of Development and Peace.

The words of the Our Father make it clear that the Kingdom of God is to be built here on Earth, and that Kingdom is still far off as hunger, poverty and oppression plague our world. Jesus calls us to pray the words of the Our Father not only with our mouth but with our hands and feet as well. This retreat is designed to help us respond to that call.

The printing of this resource has been sponsored by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, and copies have been delivered to all Chaplaincy Leaders and the Heads of the Religious Education Departments of all English Catholic Secondary schools in Ontario. Further copies will be made available for order for Catholic schools outside of Ontario.

Graphic novels

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DRC: Roza and the courage to choose life

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), violence has become a way of life. Violence against women is particularly rampant and rape has become a weapon of war in the country. In many instances, armed men will overrun a village, attack the inhabitants, rape the women, destroy crops and leave in their wake a path of terror and destruction.For those who manage to escape, they must return to their villages in the aftermath and try to heal the wounds left behind and re-build their communities with a culture of peace.

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Burundi: Kaneza and Kagabo under the shade of the coffee tree

In Burundi, small-scale farmers who grow coffee face a number of challenges, especially when it comes to the meager amount of income they earn from the sale of their coffee. This graphic novel is devoted to those farmers who have united to improve their living conditions and those of their families. Through the adventures of Kaneza and Kagabo’s family, you will be introduced to the inspiring story of the rise of the movement to create farmers associations and cooperatives in Burundi. It is a path marked by resistance, struggle, solidarity and social change.This graphic novel, illustrated by Burundian cartoonist Ilunga Albert Kaye, will immerse you in the world of Burundian coffee growers and their efforts towards sustainable agriculture that benefits us all.

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