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Catholic Social Teaching

Evelyn (36) from Uganda is mother of Patricia who featured on the 2019 Trócaire box.

Catholic Social Teaching

Trócaire’s work is guided by Catholic Social Teaching (CST).

CST has eight main principles:

  • 1. Dignity

    The central mission of CST is to enhance the life and dignity of every person. Every person has the right to live in dignity. We work to provide the care and support people need to live dignified lives.

  • 2. Solidarity

    We are all one human family, regardless of national, racial or ethnic differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Trócaire works with communities around the world as an expression of the solidarity of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

  • 3. The common good

    People have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good. We campaign at national and international levels for governments to do what is right and just for people and the planet.

  • 4. Preferential option for the poor

    In societies married by divisions between rich and poor, CST instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. Trócaire’s work is about putting those needs above other concerns.

  • 5. Rights and Responsibilities

    When one person has a right, others have a responsibility to uphold that right. Our work strengthens people’s rights and holds those in power to account.

  • 6. Stewardship for Creation

    Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Sí’, we support farmers to learn sustainable and drought-resistant farming, while campaigning for action to care for our common home.

  • 7. Dignity of work and participation

    The human person should always come before profit. Trócaire campaigns for people to protect their homes and land from exploitation from big businesses.

  • 8. Subsidiarity

    As far as possible, decisions should not be taken at the highest levels, but by the people who are most affected. Our work is grounded in partnership, which means the people leading the change are those most affected.

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