Roman Catholic Church: Papal Encyclicals & Church Documents

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Gaudete et Exsultate
Apostolic Exortation - On the Call to Holiness in Today's World
19 March 2018
Pope Francis

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 Euthanasia
Letter 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

Laborem Exercens
On Human Work
14 September 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

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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

Evangelii Nuntiandi
Apostolic Exhortation to the Episcopate, to the Clergy, and to all the Faithful of the Entire World
8 December 1975
Pope Paul VI

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

Dignitatis Humanae
On the Rights of the Person and of Communities to Social and Civil Freedom in Matters Religious
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

Mater et Magistra
Encyclical Letter - On Christianity and Social Progress
15 May 1961
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

Quadragesimo Anno
Encyclical Letter - On the Reconstruction of the Social Order
15 May 1931
Pope Pius XI    

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

Other Church Documents

Dignitas Personae
Instruction on Certain Bio-ethical Questions
8 September 2008
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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