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Jesus' Mission in Today's World

Choose one of the following Catholic social teachings and demonstrate how this is lived out in the world by some well-known people in the world today.

Preferential Option for the poor

Dignity of the human person

Stewardship of Creation

How has your chosen person been influenced by a Catholic Social Teaching and how has this CST helped them to live out Jesus’ message?

Catholic Social Teaching

In Luke 4:18–19, Jesus stands up in the Temple, unrolls the scroll and reads:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
     because he has anointed me 
          to bring good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives 
     and recovery of sight to the blind, 
          to let the oppressed go free, 
and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

Let us keep in mind the principle of subsidiarity, which grants freedom to develop the capabilities present at every level of society, while also demanding a greater sense of responsibility for the common good from those who wield greater power. Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be”), Pope Francis, 2015, Chapter 5, #196. 

Caritas Subsidiarity

Dignity of the Human Person

Every human being is created in the image and likeness of God and therefore has inherent dignity. No human being should have their dignity or freedom compromised. The dignity of every person, independent of ethnicity, creed, gender, sexuality, age or ability, is the foundation of CST.  Poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice make it impossible to live a life commensurate with this dignity. 

Caritas - Dignity of the Human Person

Dignity of the Human Person - Catholic Social Teaching

Life and Dignity of the Human Person


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We must all respect, care for and share the resources of the earth, which are vital for the common good of people. Care for animals and the environment is a common and universal duty, and ecological problems call for a change of mentality and the adoption of new lifestyles.

Caritas - Stewardship of Creation

Co-Creators and Stewards of God's Creation

Caring for Creation PowerPoint

Care for our Common Home

Care for Creation

Catholic Earthcare Australia

Global Catholic Climate Movement


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A just and fair world,
A world in balance,
At peace and free of poverty;
A world, which the Church in Australia helps build,
Where all human beings can live in dignity and
Communities are architects of their own development

Caritas, Australia

Preferential Option for the Poor - Introductory PowerPoint

Caritas - Preferential Option for the Poor

RESource Preferential Option for the Poor

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable in the Bible

Catholic Social Teachings Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Living Out Jesus' Mission in the World


Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

Desmond Tutu - Bio

Biography - Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu Peace Centre

Fact Sheets - Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu on Forgiveness


Use your SLQ login to access the following articles:

The Struggle for Social Justice in Post-Apartheid South Africa

No Future Without Forgiveness




Search the following databases for information on Desmond Tutu:


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Student Resources in Context

Access BRITANNICA ONLINE for articles, images, videos and interactives.

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BITEABLE - create a really easy video

VOICETHREAD - Share your findings by using your voice

SWAY - Another option instead of PowerPoint

GLOGSTER - Create an interactive poster

PREZI - Make a web-based canvas of your findings

PREMIERE PRO - Try your hand at making a movie