Young people at work2015 - The Dignity of Work: When it matters most - download PDF Word
Fifty years ago, Pope Paul VI promulgated the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes. The opening words reaffirmed how the heart of the Christian vocation is bound to the welfare of humanity:

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Workers-stock-xchng2014 - Putting People First: The call for an economy of social inclusion - download PDF Word
Pope Francis has renewed the call of the Church to make the dignity of the human person the central focus of national and global economies.

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Newstart allowance stock-xchng2013 - Time for a New Start: A call to increase allowance payments - download PDF Word
Fifty years ago, Pope John XXIII issued his last social encyclical Peace on Earth. The scope of his call for world peace was wide-ranging – encompassing all aspects of society, from the relationships between individual citizens to the interaction of nation states on the world stage.

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Casual work stock-xchng2012 The Dignity of Work: More than a Casual Concern - download PDF Word
Just over 30 years ago, Pope John Paul II made a major pronouncement, ‘On Human Work’, in which he defended the dignity of the worker in the face of major economic and industrial changes that threatened to devalue work.

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Indigenous employment stock-xchng2011 - Indigenous employment: the most basic form of social justice - download PDF Word
On this Feast Day of St Joseph the Worker I would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia and their Elders past and present. Each day, Indigenous leaders witness how high unemployment undermines living conditions, drains communities of basic services and robs future generations of opportunities the majority of us take for granted.

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