Compilation of Catholic Social Teaching Passages on Migration

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Modern Catholic social teaching is the body of social principles and moral teaching that is articulated in the papal, conciliar, and other official documents issued since the late nineteenth century dealing with the economic,political, and social order. This teaching is rooted in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as in traditional philosophical and theological teachings of the Church.

CLINIC's "Modern Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration: Notable Quotes" is a compilation of excerpts from the encyclical and conciliar documents that are typically considered core texts, as well as some key teaching documents issued by national bishops conferences and Vatican congregations, which contribute to the ongoing development of Catholic social teaching.

The excerpts in the document are instances that touch on immigration issues. The depth and richness of Catholic social teaching is best understood through a direct reading of these documents.

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This document will be updated periodically. Last updated June 18, 2015



Passages quoted in Modern Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration are from the following sources:

Major Documents

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

Exsul Familia Nazarethana (Apostolic Constitution on the Spiritual Care to Migrants) – Pope Pius XII, 1952

Mater et Magistra, (Mother and Teacher) – Saint Pope John XXIII, 1961

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

Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) Vatican Council II, 1965

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

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

Justicia in Mundo (Justice in the World) – Synod of Bishops, 1971

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

Solicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern) – Saint Pope John Paul II, 1987

Centesimus Annus (The Hundredth Year) – Saint Pope John Paul II, 1991

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

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

Sacramentum Caritatis (Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist) – Pope Benedict XVI, 2007

Caritas in Veritate (In Charity and Truth) – Pope Benedict XVI, 2009

Evangelii Gaudium (Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel) – Pope Francis, 2013

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

Other Papal And Vatican Statements Of Note

Instruction on the Pastoral Care of People Who Migrate – Sacred Congregation for Bishops, 1969

The Church and Peoples on the Move – Pontifical Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, 1978

Refugees are Neighbors – Saint Pope John Paul II, Message for Lent, 1990

Speech of Saint Pope John Paul II to the General Assembly of the International Catholic Migration Commission,1990

Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity – Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, 1992

Faith Works Through Charity – Saint Pope John Paul II Message for the 1997 World Day of Migrants.



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