Movements can learn from Catholic social teaching: Pope

A screenshot of Pope Francis speaking during the World Meeting of Popular Movements on Saturday (CNA)

Catholic social teaching has useful principles that can help people of any faith to improve the world, Pope Francis said on a video call with members of international grassroots movements. Source: CNA.

“The social teaching of the Church does not have all the answers, but it does have some principles that along this journey can help to concretise the answers, principles useful to Christians and non-Christians alike,” the Pope said on the video call on Saturday

He said the principles compiled in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a manual of the Church’s social teaching, are “tested, human, Christian”.

“I recommend that you read it, you and all social, trade union, religious, political and business leaders,” he said.

Pope Francis delivered his message during the World Meeting of Popular Movements.

He compared popular movements to the Good Samaritan and said that these two things reminded him of the protests which happened because of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man killed by a police officer in the US in May 2020.

Protests against police brutality were organised across the US and in other parts of the world in the wake of Mr Floyd’s unjust death.

“It is clear that this type of reaction against social, racial or macho injustice can be manipulated or exploited by political machinations or whatever, but the main thing is that, in that protest against this death, there was the Collective Samaritan who is no fool,” Pope Francis said.

“This movement did not pass by on the other side of the road when it saw the injury to human dignity caused by an abuse of power. The popular movements are not only social poets but also collective Samaritans.”

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Pope Francis: Catholic social teaching has useful principles for popular movements to follow (By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA

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