Justice, Prison and the Death Penalty

'We strongly advocate and work for justice that restores, heals and protects; a justice that makes the offenders accountable for what they have done; a justice that provides restitution to the victims who are most of the time ignored and forgotten by the current justice system; a justice that engages the community in facilitating the healing process, thus leading to the re-integration of the victim and the offender to the community.'

International Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care (2007), Rome Congress 2007 Declaration

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‘Peace, however, is not merely a gift to be received: it is also a task to be undertaken. In order to be true peacemakers, we must educate ourselves in compassion, solidarity, working together, fraternity ...’

Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the World Day of Peace, 2012 (# 5)

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Political engagement and public life

‘For the lay faithful, political involvement is a worthy and demanding expression of the Christian commitment of service to others.’

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, n. 565

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Refugees and asylum seekers

‘... a wound which typifies and reveals the imbalances and conflicts of the modern world: the millions of refugees whom war, natural calamities, persecution and discrimination of every kind have deprived of home, employment, family and homeland.’

Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis n. 38.

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