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Based on the 1965 Vatican II document:
DECREE ON THE APOSTOLATE OF THE LAITY, APOSTOLICAM ACTUOSITATEM- 07
following words of this article apply as much in 2012 as in 1965:
The laity must take up the renewal of the temporal order as their own special obligation.
Led by the light of the Gospel and the mind of the Church and motivated by Christian charity, they must act directly and in a definite way in the temporal sphere.
Everywhere and in all things they must seek the justice of God's kingdom.
The temporal order must be renewed in such a way that, without detriment to its own proper laws, it may be brought into conformity with the higher principles of the Christian life.
Preeminent among the works of this type of apostolate is that of Christian social action which the sacred synod desires to see extended to the whole temporal sphere, including culture.
Jesus, may lay people do all they can to help this world become a better place