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Eradicate Poverty Campaign

CARITAS JERSEY is of the Catholic Church, but for the poor and the vulnerable. It reaches out  to all sections of the community, touching all aspects of Island life.

Caritas Jersey’s initial activities include:

 •        establishing and promoting a Think Tank on social issues in Jersey;                       •        campaigning for and promoting the ‘Living Wage’ in Jersey;                                                                         •        providing support to prisoners’ families and                                                                    •        providing support to vulnerable families, particularly migrant families with young children.

 In 2017, the Board of Caritas looked to revisit the ‘Eradication of Poverty’ campaign held from 1996 to 2006. In June 2017, the Caritas Annual lecture took as its theme, ‘The Eradication of Poverty in Jersey. Following that event, the Caritas Think Tank convened a series of round-table discussions, which considered particular themes, seen as having an evidenced relationship with the issue of poverty and disadvantage locally in Jersey. A number of guests with particular experience and/ or expertise in each area were invited to each discussion to share their views.

Revisiting:

Eradication of Poverty in Jersey

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THE WORLD DAY OF THE POOR, Sunday, 18 November 2018

Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

THE DIGNITY AND EQUALITY OF EACH HUMAN PERSON: Every human being is seen as equal. They are lovingly and beautifully made in God’s image and likeness. The other principles flow from this.

THE CALL TO PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNITY: Human beings exist in relation to one another. John Donne’s words, No Man is an Island, echo in our ears. We’re called to live with others, be aware of others, communicating, sharing, experiencing moments of joy and being there together in times of sadness. All of us are called to participate, to join in, and to work alongside others for the common good of all.

A PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR: Caring for those living in poverty, both in our local neighbourhoods and throughout the world, is a fundamental duty of us all. In the Gospels, time and again, Jesus shows a preferential option for the poor – putting them first, giving them special importance, thinking of their needs and enabling them to have their rightful place in the world. It is not enough simply to think of those living in poverty and try to help them. The voice of people living in poverty needs to be heard. We must enable them to be a full part of the decision making process. We must enable those living in poverty to play a full, active role in society.

THE DIGNITY AND RIGHTS OF WORKERS: The right to work, to have a job, to earn money and so support your family are all connected to the dignity of each individual. Catholic social teaching affirms that human beings are not merely a commodity, a tool as part of a process to make things. Human beings are greater than any thing. They deserve a fair wage and proper working conditions.

SOLIDARITY AMONG PEOPLES AND THE PROMOTION OF PEACE: We seek the good of one another, aware of our dependence on one another. Pope John Paul II said, “[Solidarity] is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good” (The social concern of the Church, 38). Peace flows from this. We are called to live honestly with one another, working together in love for the good of all. This is what will lead to true peace.

CARE FOR CREATION: God created the earth. Often, the way we treat creation leads to the harm both of it, and of those living it. Our destruction of the earth for quick gain has repercussions for animals, for ourselves now, and for generations to come. We need to treat the earth with respect.

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We are looking for volunteers who would like to engage themselves into helping poor people. Contact us at 01534 768963 ot click on this link to email us.

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