Message to Young Catholics on Social Justice

Wednesday, September 21 2011


(CCCB – Ottawa)… In light of the International Year of Youth proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations (2010-2011) and the recent World Youth Day that took place in Madrid, the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a message of hope and encouragement to young Catholics. It invites young people to commit themselves, in the name of their faith, to building a more just and joyful society. It also thanks and congratulates youth for their generosity and perseverance as they undertake this mission in various sectors of society, especially as the new school year begins.

”The Catholic Church shares all of humanity’s common quest for peace and happiness, and supports the efforts of individuals and groups working to eradicate poverty, illness, injustice, inequality, human rights violations, and environmental exploitation,” the message states. “This witness of solidarity flows from God’s love for humanity as revealed to us in Jesus Christ.”

The message includes brief testimonies from several young Catholics on why their faith in Jesus Christ has led to their engagement in social justice activities. The testimonies are from members of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (commonly known simply as Development and Peace), the Canadian Catholic Students’ Association, and Catholic Christian Outreach.

The Commission’s message is available on the CCCB website at The text is formatted to be easily read and downloaded on smartphones or other portable digital devices.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), the CCCB became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965 as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.