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Advocacy

As Christians, we are called to share in the mission of Jesus Christ who came to bring good news to the poor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and show us the unconditional love of God.  An essential part of the mission of the Church is action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world. Jesus said, “To whom much is given; much will be expected.” These words challenge us to recognize our special obligation to act on our civic responsibility and preach the Gospel in the public square.  This is what advocacy is all about: being faithful to Jesus Christ, putting into practice Catholic Social teachings, and growing spiritually in the process.  The Holy Father said, “The Church’s social teaching invites the Christian community to a commitment to overcome every form of exploitation and oppression.  It is a question not only of alleviating the most serious and urgent needs through individual social actions here and there, but of uncovering the roots of evil and proposing initiatives to make social, political and economic structures more just and fraternal. (Ecclesia in America, John Paul II 1999).