The Social Action Office of the Diocese of Cleveland seeks to shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world through justice education, advocacy, community development and organizing. Our work is based on the call of the Gospel to work for the respect and dignity of all human life, the elimination of poverty, to speak out against injustice, and to promote the common good. The office is composed of County-based social action offices, and office for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services which includes the Council on Global Solidarity.
NEWS & EVENTS
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Pope Francis is inviting all Catholics to participate in an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, beginning Sept. 1, 2015. The day offers individuals and communities “a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation.” A Prayer to Care for Our Common Home (also en Español) is available for use on the Day, as well as Caring for God’s Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action (also en Español ). A beautiful prayer is also included at the end of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’.
Bishop Cantú Welcomes Iran Nuclear Deal, Urges Congress To Endorse Result of Negotiations
July 14, 2015 –WASHINGTON—The “momentous agreement” reached between the United States and its partners with Iran over Iran’s nuclear program is a “significant achievement” that Congress should support, said the bishop who chairs the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In a July 14 letter to Congress, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, wrote: “It is no small achievement that the United States, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, China, Germany and France have reached this agreement with Iran.” Read More
Pope Francis Releases Encyclical on the Environment
June 18, 2015 – On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility. Learn More
New Website to Help Catholics Be Salt and Light
WeAreSaltAndLight.org, a new website of U.S. bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, helps Catholics respond to Jesus’ call to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” (Mt. 5:13-16). This site equips Catholics to live out Pope Francis’ call to “go forth” on mission. It also seeks to help Catholic communities-especially parishes, dioceses, schools, universities, seminaries, religious communities, and ecclesial movements-to carry out the vision of the U.S. bishops’ landmark document, Communities of Salt & Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish.