Social Justice Resources

Knowing the issues that affect the most vulnerable in our society is the first step toward finding solutions and bringing justice to a community. These resources cover issues related to poverty, homelessness, social services and more.

Cover for Encyclical Laudato Si - Encyclical Laudato Si - 'On Care for Our Common Home'

April 03, 2017

The Encyclical Laudato Si', 'On Care for Our Common Home', is Pope Francis' urgent challenge "to seek a sustainable and integral development" by calling on everyone, "the entire human family" to to protect our common home. The style of this encyclical is one that challenges us to act now. The encyclical is already regarded as a significant source of Catholic Social Teaching similar to 'Rerum Novarum', the encyclical of Pope Leo XIII published in 1891. Laudato Si' is dated 24 May 2015, but was officially published at Noon on 18 June 2015. Laudato Si' means 'Prase be to you'. It is a phrase derived from the medieval Umbrian dialect of Central Italy. It is also a recurring element in 'Canticle of the Sun', a hymn or chant composed by Saint Francis of Assisi in the 13th century. The title of the encyclical and its opening quote from St. Francis’s Canticle establish its focus.

Topics: Community / Family Services, People with Special Needs, Seniors, Children & Youth, Young Parents, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness, Environmental

Type: Advocacy News

Hidden Epidemic: A Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto

November 05, 2014

The Report describes the hidden epidemic of child and family poverty in Toronto. It proposes that it is a crucial time for action by the city to reduce and eventually eradicate child poverty.

Topics: Community / Family Services, Children & Youth, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness

Type: Advocacy News

Ontario Municipal Election Guide 2014

October 05, 2014

Catholic Charities prepared this voter's guide for Municipal Elections across Ontario in 2014. The Guide's focus was to help people make informed decisions when selecting some 2,800 council members and 700 school trustees across the province.

Topics: Community / Family Services, People with Special Needs, Seniors, Children & Youth, Young Parents, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness, Environmental

Type: Guides

Cover for Ontario Election Guide 2014 Ontario Election Guide 2014

June 12, 2014

Catholic Charities prepared this voter's guide for the Ontario Provincial Election in 2014. The goal of the Guide was to raise issues with candidates in this election that affect the most vulnerable.

Topics: Community / Family Services, People with Special Needs, Seniors, Children & Youth, Young Parents, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness, Mental Health Issues

Type: Advocacy Resources

Cover for Patterns of Youth Homelessness in Toronto Patterns of Youth Homelessness in Toronto

February 28, 2014

Youth are mainly driven to the streets for reasons that are beyond their control and are forced into situations that are unsafe and threatening, says Homelessness Hub. There are clear patterns in the ways that youth become homeless and in their leaving the streets. Youth become homeless mainly because they have little choice, having been kicked out of their homes, or fleeing situations of abuse; or being released from foster care.

Topics: Children & Youth, Housing & Homelessness

Type: Reports

Cover for Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 'Joy of the Gospel'

November 20, 2013

The Apostolic Exhortation,'Evangelii Gaudium' of Pope Francis is directed to bishops, clergy, men and women in religious life as well as to the laity on the proclaiming the Gospel in today’s world.

Topics: Children & Youth

Type: Backgrounders