Sunday, February 02, 2014

Throughout the history of the social teachings of the Church, the right of all people to fair compensation for their labor has been upheld as an essential element of a just society. As early as the late 19th century, Pope Leo XIII recognized the principle that workers should be paid a wage sufficient to support a family as“a dictate of natural justice more imperious and ancient than any bargain between man and man." [Rerum Novarum]

As Pope Francis continues to captivate the world through his powerful challenges to care for the least am ong us, he frequently echoes his predecessors in highlighting the importance of providing opportunities for meaningful work as a path out of poverty.

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