Introduction

Daniela and the community in Fond Parisien

It is a simple fact that we cannot live and exist well independently of others, we are interdependent beings. Solidarity looks upon this interdependence as something good, something positive, a thing to be cherished. The image Saint Paul gives us of the Body of Christ (that we are all individual parts that together make up the Body of Christ) gives us a visual way to think of this.

Before the modern age is has been almost impossible to connect so easily with people around the world. Modern technology has made it possible to build relationships and help and support those in different parts of the world, in many ways making the world a lot smaller. In his social encyclical Pope Benedict pointed out that “As society becomes ever more globalized, it makes us neighbours but does not make us brothers”. Solidarity is simply the demand of fraternity, that we treat each other as brothers and sisters.

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Solidarity Quotes

We are all one family in the world. Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other's dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live.

Saint John Paul II - Sollicitudo rei socialis

"No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world ... the Brazilian people, particularly the humblest among you, can offer the world a valuable lesson in solidarity, a word that is too often forgotten or silenced because it is uncomfortable ... I would like to make an appeal to those in possession of greater resources, to public authorities and to all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity"

Pope Francis

Solidarity "is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all"

Saint John Paul II - Sollicitudo rei socialis

Standing in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis

Checkpoint-in-Hebron

Nasreen tells me how, at 1am, she was woken abruptly by banging at the front door. She slipped on her leather flip flops, grabbed a robe from the chair in her room, and walked across the cold tiled hallway to the door. Twenty armed soldiers were waiting. “They were very aggressive,” Nasreen recalls, pouring tea..

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Solidarity as a way of life

Ivanete

Ivanete is someone who could have chosen to live in her own home, but she lives with others, in solidarity. Their dream for better housing is her dream as well. Ivanete de Araujo once lived under a bridge in Sao Paulo – one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Today she works for Apoio, an..

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Investing in People: Oikocredit

Oikocredit

Can the Christian concept of caritas (love) be applied to the economy, finance and business as well as what we normally think of as “charity”? This question suggests that the economy, finance and business live in another world divorced from our everyday life, but of course they are not. These elements live right at the..

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