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Papal Encyclicals and Other Writings

 

Holy Father, Pope John Paul IIAs we see from the first and second letter of Peter in the New Testament, the senior shepherd of Christ's church has always taught through writings as well as by his living voice.  Over the course of time, various types of Papal documents have evolved with a more or less clear hierarchy of importance and solemnity.  The types of Papal documents are here ranked in terms of the most important authoritative to the least

  1. Apostolic Constitutions
  2. Encyclicals
  3. Confessions of Faith
  4. Apostolic Letters or Exhortations
  5. Motu Proprio (executive order)
  6. Homily or Allocution (a talk given often at a Papal audience)
  7. A document by one of Pope's cabinet departments (his administration is called his "Curia") which he approves by his signature

Because John Paul II is the most prolific Papal author in history, most of the documents below are written by him.

 
Title Author Excerpt Download
Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum-Benedict XV appeals for Peace Pope Benedict XV No
Ad Petri Cathedram-Pope John XXIII Pope John XXIII No
Ad Tuendam Fidem-Pope John Paul II on Protecting the Faith Pope John Paul II No
AETERNA DEI SAPIENTIA-Pope John XXIII on St Leo the Great Pope John XXIII No
Annus Iam Plenus-Benedict XV on the Children of Europe Pope Benedict XV No
Apostolica Sollicitudo-Paul VI on Synod of Bishops Pope Paul VI No
Canonization of Juan Diego Pope John Paul II No Download
Caritas in Veritate- Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Casti Connubii-- Pius XI on Marriage Pope Pius XI No Download
Catechesis in our Time (Catechesi Tradendae)-John Paul II Pope John Paul II No
Catholic Universities-Pope John Paul II Ex Corde Ecclesiae Pope John Paul II No
Centenary of Catholic Social Teaching-John Paul II Centesimus Annus Pope John Paul II No
Christfideles Laici -John Paul II on Lay Vocation Pope John Paul II No
Christian Wisdom-Pope John Paul II Sapientia Christiana Pope John Paul II No
Clarifications on Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Cardinal Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI No
Credo of the People of God-Pope Paul VI Pope Paul VI No
Cyril and Methodius-Pope John Paul II Slavorum Apostoli Pope John Paul II No
De-Hellenization-Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Dei Verbum and Lectio Divina-Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI Yes
Dictatorship of Relativism - Cardinal Ratzinger Cardinal Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI Yes
Dignitas Personae - Instruction on Bioethics Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Dignity and Vocation of Women-John Paul II Mulieris Dignitatem Pope John Paul II No
Divino Afflante Spiritu--Pope Pius XII on Biblical Studies Pope Pius XII No
Doctrinal Commentary on Ad Tuendam Fidem-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Cardinal Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI No
Dogma of the Assumption of Mary -- Pius XII Pope Pius XII Yes Download
Dominicae Cenae--John Paul II on the Eucharist Pope John Paul II No
Ecclesia de Eucharistia--John Paul II on the Eucharist Pope John Paul II No
Ecclesiam Suam-Pope Paul VI on the Church Pope Paul VI No
Election of the Pope-Pope John Paul II Universi Dominici Gregis Pope John Paul II No
Encyclical Letter Pope Benedict XVI - Christian Love Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Faith and Reason-Pope John Paul II Fides et Ratio Pope John Paul II No
Familiaris Consortio--John Paul II on the Family Pope John Paul II No
Gospel of Life--John Paul II Evangelium Vitae Pope John Paul II No
Homily on Saints Peter and Paul-Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Homily to Newly Ordained Priests-Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No
Human Work-John Paul II Laborem Exercens Pope John Paul II No
Humanae Vitae--Pope Paul VI on Contraception Pope Paul VI No
Humani Generis Redemptionem-Benedict XV on Preaching Pope Benedict XV No
Humani Generis-Pius XII Pope Pius XII No
I Am the Vine, You are the Branches - Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II No
In Hac Tanta-Benedict XV on St. Boniface Pope Benedict XV No
In Praeclara Summorum--Benedict XV on Dante Pope Benedict XV No
Jesus Christ is our Message -- Pope Paul VI Pope Paul VI Yes Download
Jesus Christ Redeemer of Man-John Paul II Redemptor Hominis Pope John Paul II No
Lent 2006-Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Letter to Families-Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II No
Letter to Women-Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II No
Light from the East-Pope John Paul II Orientale Lumen Pope John Paul II No
Lord and Giver of Life (1986) John Paul II on the Holy Spirit Pope John Paul II No
Magisterium Part 2: A Complex and Diverse Reality Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Magisterium Part 3: Infallibility Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Magisterium Part 4: Attitude Towards Teaching of the Magisterium Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Mane Nobiscum Domine - Pope John Paul II on the Eucharist Pope John Paul II No Download
Mediator Dei-Pope Pius XII on the Liturgy Pope Pius XII No
Mission of the Redeemer-John Paul II Redemptoris Missio Pope John Paul II No
Mit Brenender Sorge --Pius XI on the German Reich Pope Pius XI No
Mother of the Redeemer-John Paul II Redemptoris Mater Pope John Paul II No
Motu Proprio Approving the Compendium of the Catechism-Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
MUNIFICENTISSIMUS DEUS-Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XII No
Mysterium Fidei--Paul VI on the Eucharist Pope Paul VI No
Opening Speech to Second Vatican Council-Pope John XXIII Pope John XXIII No
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis--John Paul II on Male Priesthood Pope John Paul II No
Orientalium Dignitas-Pope Leo XIII on the Eastern Churches Pope Leo XIII No
Pacem Dei Munus Pulcherrimum-Benedict XV on Peace and Reconciliation Pope Benedict XV No
Paterno Iam Diu-Benedict XV on Children of Europe Pope Benedict XV No
Personal Relationship to Jesus According to John Paul II Pope John Paul II Yes Download
Pope Benedict XVI-Inaugural Homily Pope Benedict XVI No
Pope John Paul II's Homily Announcing the Year of the Eucharist, the Source and Summit Pope John Paul II No Download
Populorum Progressio - Pope Paul VI Pope Paul VI No Download
Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis Pope Benedict XVI No Download
PRINCIPI APOSTOLORUM PETRO-Pope Benedict XV on the Papacy Pope Benedict XV No
QUAS PRIMAS (On the Feast of Christ the King) Pius XI Pope Pius XI No
QUOD IAM DIU -Pope Benedict XV on the End of World War I Pope Benedict XV No
Quotes from Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II Yes Download
Reconciliation and Penance-Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II No
Rich in Mercy-John Paul II Dives in Misericordia Pope John Paul II No
Romantic Love and Divine Love - Excerpts from Benedict XVI Encyclical Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Sacra Propediem-Pope Benedict XV on Third Order of St. Francis Pope Benedict XV No
Salvifici Doloris (Christian Meaning of Human Suffering) -- John Paul II Pope John Paul II No
Social Concern of the Church-John Paul II Sollicitudo Rei Socialis Pope John Paul II No
SPE Salvi - Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Spiritus Paraclitus-Pope Benedict XV on Sacred Scripture Pope Benedict XV No
Splendor of Truth-John Paul II Veritatis Splendor Pope John Paul II No
St. Thomas More Patron of Statesmen-Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II No Download
That They May Be One-John Paul II Ut Unum Sint on Ecumenism Pope John Paul II No
Why Love is the Theme - Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download

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