The Call to Stand on the Side of the Immigrant

The work of the Office for Immigrant Affairs, like the Catholic Church’s position on immigration and immigration reform, is rooted in the Catholic social tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents and statements. These teachings call the faithful to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters, and work for the integral development of every person and the common good of society. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity.

The links below are to Catholic social teaching summaries and key statements.

Major Catholic social teaching documents [English]

Major themes of Catholic social teaching [English]

Catholic social teaching brochure [English]

"Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions" [English]

"Faith, Justice and Catholic Social Teaching" [English]

Excerpts from "Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope" [English, Español]

"The word of God and Catholic social teaching also bring to light the causes that give rise to migrations, as well as the consequences that they have on the communities of origin and destination." ~Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope