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Church Documents

Provided below are a few select encyclicals, apostolic letters and other official documents of the Catholic Church. All are translated in American English and are fully hyperlinked to other referenced sources on this site or in the Vatican's archives. As time permits, more will be added.

  • Laudato Si'
    Encyclical Letter - Praise Be to You - On Care for our Common Home
    24 May 2015
    Pope Francis

  • Evangelii Gaudium
    Apostolic Exortation - Joy of the Gospel - On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today's World
    24 November 2013
    Pope Francis

  • Lumen Fidei
    Encyclical Letter - On Faith
    29 June 2013
    Pope Francis

  • Caritas in Veritate
    Encyclical Letter - Charity in Truth
    29 June 2009
    Pope Benedict XVI

  • Spe Salvi
    Encyclical Letter - On Christian Hope
    30 November 2007
    Pope Benedict XVI

  • Deus Caritas Est
    Encyclical Letter - On Christian Love
    25 December 2005
    Pope Benedict XVI

  • On Priesthood and Those With Homosexual Tendencies
    Instruction From Congregation for Catholic Education
    4 November 2005
    Zenon Card. Grocholewski, Prefect

  • Mane Nobiscum Domine
    Apostolic Letter - Year of the Eucharist October 2004 to October 2005
    7 October 2004
    Pope John Paul II

  • On the Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and in the World
    Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
    31 May 2004
    Joseph Card. Ratzinger, Prefect

  • Redemptionis Sacramentum
    Instruction - On Certain Matters to be Observed or to be Avoided Regarding the Most Holy Eucharist
    25 March 2004
    Francis Card. Arinze, Prefect

  • Ecclesia de Eucharistia
    Encyclical Letter - On The Eucharist In Its Relationship To The Church
    17 April 2003
    Pope John Paul II

  • Rosarium Virginis Mariae
    Apostolic Letter - On The Most Holy Rosary
    16 October 2002
    Pope John Paul II

  • Fides et Ratio
    Encyclical Letter - On The Relationship of Faith and Reason
    14 September 1998
    Pope John Paul II

  • Dies Domini
    Apostolic Letter - On Keeping The Lord's Day Holy
    31 May 1998
    Pope John Paul II

  • Universi Dominici Gregis
    Apostolic Constitution - On the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff
    22 February 1996
    Pope John Paul II

  • Ut unum sint
    Encyclical Letter - On Commitment To Ecumenism
    5 May 1995
    Pope John Paul II

  • Evangelium Vitae
    Encyclical Letter - On The Value and Inviolability of Human Life
    25 March 1995
    Pope John Paul II

  • Veritatis Splendor
    Encyclical Letter - Regardin Certain Fundamental Questions of the Church's Moral Teaching
    6 August 1993
    Pope John Paul II

  • On Combatiting Abortion and EuthanasiaLetter to all the World's Bishops
    19 May 1991
    Pope John Paul II

  • Centesimus Annus
    Encyclical Letter - On the Hundreth Aniversary of Rerum Novarum
    1 May 1991
    Pope John Paul II

  • Christifideles Laici
    Post Synodal Apostolic Exortation - The Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and the World
    30 December 1988
    Pope John Paul II

  • Sollicitudo rei Socialis
    On the Twentieth Anniversary of Populorum Progressio
    30 December 1987
    Pope John Paul II

  • Dominum et Vivificantem
    Encyclical Letter - On The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World
    18 May 1986
    Pope John Paul II

  • Familiaris Consortio
    On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World
    21 November 1981
    Pope John Paul II

  • Dominicae Cenae
    Letter of the Supreme Pontiff - On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist
    14 February 1980
    Pope John Paul II

  • Dives in Misericordia
    Encyclical Letter - On The Mercy of God
    30 November 1980
    Pope John Paul II

  • Redemptor Hominis
    Encyclical Letter - The Redeemer of Man
    4 March 1979
    Pope John Paul II

  • Humanae Vitae
    Encyclical Letter - On The Regulation of Birth
    25 July 1968
    Pope Paul VI

  • Gaudium et Spes
    Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World
    7 December 1965
    Pope Paul VI

  • Dei Verbum
    Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
    28 November 1965
    Pope Paul VI

  • Lumen Gentium
    Dogmatic Constitution on the Church - The Star
    21 November 1964
    Pope Paul VI

  • Sacrosanctum Concilium
    Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
    4 December 1963
    Pope Paul VI

  • Pacem in Terris
    Encyclical Letter - On Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity and Liberty
    11 April 1963
    Pope John XXIII

  • Humani Generis
    Encyclical Letter - Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine
    12 August 1950
    Pope Pius XII

  • Casti Connubii
    Encyclical Letter - On Christian Marriage
    31 December 1930
    Pope Pius XI

  • Rerum Novarum
    Encyclical Letter - On Capital and Labor
    15 May 1891
    Pope Leo XIII

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