Global Solidarity and Economic Development: Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers! We are one human family and interdependent, whatever our national, racial, ethic, economic or religious differences. We must see ourselves in others and collaborate toward solutions. Solidarity is a commitment to strengthen community and promote a just society. We live in an interdependent world; what I do affects others. Authentic economic development must respect and promote the personal, social, economic and political rights of people and nations. It must avoid the extremes of underdevelopment on the one hand and super-development on the other hand. Solidarity is a way of life that recognises that we are all sisters and brothers regardless of race, creed or ethnic background. Solidarity can be seen from two perspectives: first it is an obligation of society and nations, and second it is an obligation of individuals. Solidarity helps us to see the other as our neighbour rather than an instrument to be exploited. Interdependence is also part of solidarity and when we see ourselves in solidarity with the world we commit ourselves to the common good. We have inherited from past generations, and we have benefited from the work of our contemporaries: for this reason we have obligations towards all, and we cannot refuse to interest ourselves in those who will come after us to enlarge the human family. The reality of human solidarity, which is a benefit for us, also imposes a duty (On the Development of Peoples, #17). Scripture Genesis 12: 1-3; Zechariah 8:16; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26