In Words and Deeds: 100 years of Catholic social teaching: a poster pack


While 20 years old, there is nothing ‘outdated’ about  this innovative poster pack that challenges and explores the social teachings of the Church on the concepts and practices in relation to, for example peace and justice, stewardship, human dignity and equality

Using 15 photographs, the images and questions presented make the posters provocative and challenging yet stimulate interest around justice issues, faith and human development.

Author: John Dardis Tom Larkin Frank McGuinness and Colm Regan

Publisher: The Irish Jesuits The National Conference of Priests in Ireland The Catechetical Association of Ireland and Trócaire

Year: 1991

Pages: 34

Country of Origin: Ireland

Keywords: 12-14 years, adult and community, catholic social teaching, cst, development education, global justice, human development, human rights, ireland, irish jesuits, philosophy, posters, re, religious education, trocaire, trócaire

Target Audience: transition year, senior cycle, junior cycle, 12-15 years

Curriculum Subjects: civic social and political education, religious education

Available Formats: activity pack, photographs

Tags: Adult Education, Human Development, Justice, Religion

Available from:

Download In Words and Deeds (resource) PDF

Download In Words and Deeds (x15 posters) PDF


Catholic Social Teaching is often referred to by its proponents as ‘our best kept secret’. Many of the central tenants of CST remain hidden from public gaze and there is an immediate need to bring them into the forum of public debate.

This unique poster pack, accompanied by activities, facts and homily suggestions, is one of the ways that, as the authors suggest, ‘assists in making our faith a lived faith, one in solidarity with those who are still denied the possibility of real human development.’

The resource is organised around the following themes:

  • Human Dignity and Equality
  • Stewardship
  • Human Development
  • Solidarity
  • Option for the Poor
  • Structures of Sin
  • Peace
  • Spiritual Poverty
  • Justice

In Words and Deeds (now out of print) has been restored and made freely available on for anyone interested in moral debates around justice, contemporary philosophy and development, human rights, Catholic Social Teaching, religious and moral education and their potential to reflect practically on the world around us.

The poster pack was originally produced to celebrate centenary of the publication of the Rerum Novarum, a document considered by many to have been the first great social encyclical of the modern Catholic Church.

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