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This Jubilee Pledge for Charity, Justice and Peace is being offered to individuals, families and parishes as a sign of commitment in preparation for the millennium:

The jubilee of our Lord’s birth calls us “to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18).

As disciples of Jesus in the new millennium, I/we pledge to:

  • Pray regularly for greater justice and peace.
  • Learn more about Catholic social teaching and its call to protect human life, stand with the poor and care for creation.
  • Reach across boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity, gender and disabling conditions.
  • Live justly in family life, school, work, the marketplace and the political arena.
  • Serve those who are poor and vulnerable, sharing more time and talent.
  • Give more generously to those in need at home and abroad.
  • Advocate public policies that protect human life, promote human dignity, preserve God’s creation and build peace.
  • Encourage others to work for greater charity, justice and peace.

Love for others, and in the first place love for the poor, in whom the church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice.

Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus

National Catholic Reporter, December 11, 1998