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Social Justice – Introduction



When we talk about Social Justice, we need to consider other intrinsic concepts which are related to the different dimensions of the human being, to society and to their dignity and well-being. With Social Justice we are also talking about the values that we believe should be implicit in our behaviour (way of proceeding), in the dynamics and social structures which guarantee that dignity and well-being for all people are a matter of individual responsibility and commitment, as well as the responsibility and commitment of the community and of institutions.  

In this sense, for the Society of Jesus, justice is placed at the heart of its mission, obeying the promotion of it from the service of faith which is required, and in the continued and committed search to build bridges, particularly for the benefit of those most excluded in society.

In this module we will focus on the following concepts and their correlation: Poverty, Peace and Reconciliation, and Human Mobility (or Forced Migration). In order to fully understand these topics it is recommended that you have completed Lesson 1: Human Rights in the previous Module (Module 2) as Human Rights are the basis of the topics we will discuss in this module. 

 “To be just, is not enough to refrain from injustice. One must go further and refuse to play its game, substituting love for self interest as the driving force of society”. – Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


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