See this online ebook:

  • The Person and the Common Good, by Jacques Maritain, translated by John J. Fitzgerald (New York: Charles Scribner’s sons, 1947). May be read online through this page of the Jacques Maritain Center.

See also the following related text(s):

  • Encyclical Letter “Redemptor Hominis” at the Beginning of His Papal Ministry, by Saint John Paul the Great (Pope John Paul II), 4 March 1979. With the title “On Redemption and the Dignity of Man”, the text may be read online on this page of Catholic Culture (copyright © 2021 Trinity Communications). With the titles “Redeemer of Man” and “On Redemption and the Dignity of the Human Race”, the text may be read online on this page of the EWTN Library. The text is also available at the Holy See.

See also the following related text(s) focusing on human rights:

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“For I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers: the moon and the stars which thou hast founded. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour: and hast set him over the works of thy hands. (Psalm viii, 4-7)

“That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world… [A]s many as received him, he gave to them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.” (St. John i, 9, 12)

“But God, who is rich in mercy, through his exceeding charity, with which he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ, (by whose grace you are saved) And hath raised us up together, and hath made us sit together in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: That he might shew in the ages to come the abundant riches of his grace, in goodness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: for it is the gift of God; Not of works, that no man may glory. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, in good works; which God hath prepared, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians ii, 4-9)

“Dearly beloved, we are now the sons of God: and it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. We know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like to him: because we shall see him as he is.” (I John iii, 2)