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Social and Human Development

“A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people.”

- Pope Francis, Address to U.S. Congress


Social and Human Development

Our Catholic Faith dictates that we be attentive to the cry of the poor and afflicted and come to their aid. The Catholic Church in Nebraska and around the world provides relief from poverty and help to many, but the state also has a role to play. The Nebraska Catholic Conference supports policies that seek to address poverty, restorative and economic justice, and issues of human development, while honoring the dignity of every person.

Issues related to Social and Human Development include:

Public assistance programs, housing, economic justice, just wage, human trafficking, immigration, restorative justice, predatory lending

Foundational Documents:

Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Workers)

Quadragesimo Anno (On the Reconstruction of the Social Order)

Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth)

Populorum Progressio (On the Development of People)

Laborem Exercens (On Human Work)

Centesimus Annus (On the 100th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum)

Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth)

Laudato si (On Care for Our Common Home)

2021 Legislative Bills in Social and Human Development

Find bills we are following in Social and Human Development and other advocacy areas on our bill tracker page.

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