Resources on Faith, Ethics and Public Life

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Established in the wake of Vatican II, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace uses the social teaching of the Roman Catholic Church to promote social justice, human rights, and development around the world. Its justice work extends from critiques of the international economic system to promoting sustainable environmental practices, while its focus on peace addresses disarmament, international security, and evolving forms of violence such as terrorism. Work on human rights includes both action on behalf of victims and developing a deeper theological perspective on human rights. The council is also responsible for building relationships with other groups working on justice and peace, including universities, faith-based organizations such as the World Council of Churches, and secular bodies like the United Nations. It periodically releases statements, reports, and books on topics related to its work.

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