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What is Guadium et Spes?

This document was promulgated during the Second Vatican Council in 1965. Gaudium et Spes means ‘Joy and Hope’ and is a landmark of Catholic social teaching. The document focuses on the role of the Church and it’s members across a number of areas including politics, peace, morality and service to the community.

Catholic Social Teaching focuses on real issues in the world today including poverty, hunger, conflict, workers rights, climate change and discrimination.

God intended the earth with everything contained in it for the use of all human beings and peoples… goods should be in abundance for all in like manner.

You can read the full document with the links below in PDF and eBook formats.

Gaudium et Spes – pdf

Gaudium et Spes – eBook


What is Guadium et Spes?