Catholic Social Teaching

There is a long history of Catholic Social Teaching on work and labour, particularly since Pope Leo XIII's iconic encyclical on the condition of the working classes, Rerum Novarum, in 1891.

Here are some of key Church documents since then.

Encyclicals and Letters

Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, 1981

Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, 1931

John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, 1961

Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens, 1971

John Paul II, Laborem Exercens, 1981

John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 1991

Francis, Laudato Si', 2015

Other papal documents

John Paul II, Address to the workers at the Transfield factory, Sydney, 1986

Pope Francis, Letter to Social Movements, 12 April, 2020

Vatican II

Gaudium et Spes, 1965