Papal Encyclicals on the Living Wage

These five encyclicals provide a body of Church literature which contemplates the value and purpose of labour in a market economy and what this means from a Catholic perspctive.

Rerum Novarum (1891)

Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on Capital and Labour

Quadragesimo Anno (1931)

Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on Reconstruction of the Social Order

Mater et Magistra (1961)

Encyclical of Pope John XXIII on Christianity and Social Progress

Laborem Exercens (1981)

Encyclical letter by Pope John Paul II on Human Work

Centesimus Annus (1991)

Encyclical letter by Pope John Paul II on The Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum