Joanne Welter

The Mission of the Office of Human Life and Dignity is to initiate and support diocesan and parish programs that respect and promote the dignity of human life.  This is achieved through education and advocacy that reflects Catholic Social Teaching with attention to the seven principles that underlie our Church’s analysis of human and social issues: a)ignity of the Human Person, b)Family, Community and Participation, c)Rights and Responsibilities, d) Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, e) The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers, f) Solidarity and g) Care for Creation.

Rev. Domenico Pinti, V.F.
Respect Life Diocesan Coordinator
Pastor, St. George Parish, Apache Juntion


Catholic Social Teaching Principles

For more on Catholic Social Teaching visit:
Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Department of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
JustFaith Ministries
Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

Tucson/Southern Arizona Catholic Social Teaching Blogs:
Justice & Peace Shall Kiss
Holy Ground, Common Ground

Justice for Immigrants, Catholic Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop

Dioceses without Borders: Hermosillo, Tucson, Phoenix

Kino Border Initiative

Manos Unidas Farworkers Pastoral Leadership Training is offered by the Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network and the Mexican American Catholic College in collaboration with the Diocese of Mexicali, Mexico.

Resources for Social Teaching on Immigration:
"Ecclesia in America" (Apostolic exhortation issued by Pope John Paul II in 1999)
Pastoral Statement on Farmworkers from Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Diocese of Tucson, and Bishop José Isidro Guerrero Macias, Diocese of Mexicali

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