401. Bishops Conferences and local churches have the mission of promoting renewed efforts to strengthen a structured, organic, and comprehensive social ministry which with both direct aid and development efforts (Ecclesia in America 58) becomes present in the new realities of exclusion and marginalization in which the more vulnerable groups live, where life is most in jeopardy. At the center of this action is each person, who is welcomed and served with Christian warmth. In this activity on behalf of the life of our peoples, the Catholic church supports mutual collaboration with other Christian communities.
On the intra-bishop level, as well as in dicoeses and parishes, some organization can be brought to bear on social ministry. Individual disciples who serve in such ministries: these are the points of human contact.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.