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God the Father

  1. Dives in Misedicordia (God is Rich in Mercy) Pope John Paul II, Nov. 30, 1980 (PDF)

  2. Deus caritas est (God Is Love) Pope Benedict XVI, February 25, 2006 (PDF)

 

 

Jesus the Son of God

  1. Annum Sacrum (On Consecration to the Sacred Heart) Pope Leo XIII, May 25, 1899 (PDF)

  2. Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus (Jesus Christ the Redeemer) Pope Leo XIII, November 23, 1900 (PDF)

  3. Miserentissimus Redemptor (On Reparation to the Sacred Heart) Pope Pius X, Oct. 4, 1903 (PDF)

  4. Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio (On the Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ) Pope Pius XI, December 23, 1922 (PDF)

  5. Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King) Pope Pius XI, December 11, 1925 (PDF)

  6. E Supremi (On Restoration of All Things in Christ) Pope Pius X, May 8, 1928 (PDF)

  7. Caritate Christi Compulsi (On the Sacred Heart) Pope Pius XI, May 3, 1932 (PDF)

  8. Sempiternus Rex Christus (On the Council of Chalcedon) Pope Pius XII, September 8, 1951 (PDF)

  9. Haurietis Aqua (On Devotion to the Sacred Heart) Pope Pius XII, May 15, 1956 (PDF)

  10. Redemptor Hominis (The Redeemer of Man) Pope John Paul II, March 4, 1979 (PDF)

  11. Redemptoris Missio (The Mission of Christ the Redeemer) Pope John Paul II, December 7, 1990 (PDF)

 

 

The Holy Spirit

  1. Divinu Illud Munus (On the Holy Spirit) Pope Leo XIII, May 8, 1897 (PDF)

  2. Dominum et Vivificantem (On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World) Pope John Paul II, May 18, 1986 (PDF)

 

Mary the Mother of God

  1. Supremi Apostolatus Officio (On Devotion of the Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, September 1, 1883 (PDF)

  2. Superiori Anno (On the Recitation of the Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, August 30, 1884 (PDF)

  3. Vi E Ben Noto (Rosary and Public Life) Pope Leo XIII, September 20, 1887 (PDF)

  4. Octobri Mense (On the Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, September 22, 1891 (PDF)

  5. Magnae Dei Matris (On the Holy Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, September 8, 1892 (PDF)

  6. Laetitiae Sanctae (Commending Devotion to the Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, September 8, 1893 (PDF)

  7. Iucunda Semper Expectatione (On the Holy Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, September 8, 1894 (PDF)

  8. Adiuctricem (On the Holy Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, September 5, 1895 (PDF)

  9. Fidentum Piumque Animum (On the Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, September 20, 1896 (PDF)

  10. Augustissimae Virginis Mariae (On the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, September 12, 1897 (PDF)

  11. Diuturni Temporis (On the Rosary) Pope Leo XIII, September 5, 1898 (PDF)

  12. Ad Diem Illum Laetissimus (On the Immaculate Conception) Pope Pius X, February 2, 1904 (PDF)

  13. Ingravescentibus Malis (On the Rosary) Pope Pius XI, September 29, 1937 (PDF)

  14. Ingruentium Malorum (On Reciting the Rosary) Pope Pius XII, September 15, 1951 (PDF)

  15. Fulgenes Corona (On Proclaiming A Marian Year to Commemorate the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception) Pope Pius XII, September 8, 1953 (PDF)

  16. Ad Caeili Reginam (On Proclaiming the Queenship of Mary) Pope Pius XII, October 11, 1954 (PDF)

  17. Christi Matri (On Peace in October) Pope Paul VI, September 15, 1966 (PDF)

  18. Signum Magnum (On the Mother of God - Apostolic Exhortation) Pope Paul VI, May 16, 1967 (PDF)

  19. Redemptoris Mater (The Mother of the Redeemer) Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1987 (PDF)

  20. Rosarium Virginis Mariae (On the Holy Rosary - Apostolic Letter) Pope John Paul II, October 16, 2002 (PDF)

 

Holy Orders and Religious Life

  1. Litteras A Vobis (Clergy in Brazil) Pope Leo XIII, July 2, 1894 (PDF)

  2. Depuis le Jour (On the Education of the Clergy) Pope Leo XIII, September 8, 1899 (PDF)

  3. Paternae (The Education of the Clergy) Pope Leo XIII, September 8, 1899 (PDF)

  4. Fin Dal Principio (On the Education of the Clergy) Pope Leo XIII, December 8, 1902 (PDF)

  5. Ad Catholici Sacerdotii (On the Catholic Priesthood) Pope Pius XI, September 20, 1935 (PDF)

  6. Sacra Virginitas (On Consecrated Virginity) Pope Pius XII, March 25, 1954 (PDF)

  7. Summi De Verbum (On Seminaries and Vocation to the Priesthood - Apostolic Letter) Pope Paul VI, November 4, 1963 (PDF)

  8. Sacrerdotalis Caelibatus (On the Celibacy of the Priest) Pope Paul VI, June 24, 1967 (PDF)

  9. Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem (General Norms for Restoring the Permanent Diaconate in the Latin Church - Apostolic Letter) Pope Paul VI, July 18, 1967 (PDF)

  10. Vita Consecrata (On the Consecrated Life - Apostolic Exhortation) Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1996 (PDF)

  11. Pastoris Gregis (On the Bishops of the Catholic Church - Apostolic Exhortation) Pope John Paul II, October 16, 2003 (PDF)

 

 

The Church

  1. Quod Multum (On the Liberty of the Church) Pope Leo XIII, August 22, 1886 (PDF)

  2. Longinqua (Catholicism in the United States) Pope Leo XIII, January 6, 1895 (PDF)

  3. Satis Cognitum (On the Unity of the Church) Pope Leo XIII, June 29, 1896 (PDF)

  4. Spesse Volte (Suppression of Catholic Institutions) Pope Leo XIII, August 5, 1898 (PDF)

  5. Il Fermo Proposito (On Catholic Action in Italy) Pope Pius X, June 11, 1905 (PDF)

  6. Iniquis Afflictisque (On the Persecution of the Church in Mexico) Pope Pius XI, November 18, 1926 (PDF)

  7. Acerba Animi (On the Persecution of the Church in Mexico) Pope Pius XI, September 29, 1932 (PDF)

  8. Sertum Laetitiae (On the Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hierarchy in the U.S.) Pope Pius XII, November 1, 1939 (PDF)

  9. Mystici Corporis Christi (On the Mystical Body of Christ) Pope Pius XII, June 29, 1943 (PDF)

  10. Ad Sinarum Gentem (On the Supranationality of the Church) Pope Pius XII, October 7, 1954 (PDF)

  11. Musicae Sacrae (On Sacred Music) Pope Pius XII, December 25, 1955 (PDF)

  12. Ad Apostolorum Principis (On Communism and the Church in China) Pope Pius XII, June 29, 1958 (PDF)

  13. Meminisse Iuvat (On Prayers for the Persecuted Church) Pope Pius XII, July 14, 1958 (PDF)

  14. Aeterna Dei Sapientia (On Commemoration of Pope St. Leo I -- The See of Peter as the Center of Christian Unity) Pope John XXIII, November 11, 1961 (PDF)

  15. Ecclesiam Suam (On the Church) Pope Paul VI, August 6, 1964 (PDF)

  16. Dilecti Amaci (To the Youth -- Apostolic Letter) Pope John Paul II, March 31, 1985 (PDF)

  17. Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity of Woman on the Occasion of the Marian Year -- Apostolic Letter) Pope John Paul II, April 15, 1988 (PDF)

  18. Christifideles Laici (On the Vocation and Mission of the Laity) Pope John Paul II, December 30, 1988 (PDF)

  19. Ecclesia In America (On the Church in America - Apostolic Exhortation) Pope John Paul II, June 22, 199 (PDF)

  20. Ecclesia In Europa (On the Church in Europe - Apostolic Exhortation) Pope John Paul II, June 28, 2003 (PDF)

 

 

Sacraments and Spiritual Life

  1. Mirae Caritatis (On the Holy Eucharist) Pope Leo XIII, May 28, 1902 (PDF)

  2. Miserentissimus Redemptor (On Reparation to the Sacred Heart) Pope Pius X, Oct. 4, 1903 (PDF)

  3. Mens Nostra (On the Promotion of Spiritual Exercises) Pope Pius XI, December 20, 1929 (PDF)

  4. Mediator Dei (On the Sacred Liturgy) Pope Pius XII, November 20, 1947 (PDF)

  5. Auspicia Quaedam (On Public Prayers for World Peace) Pope Pius XII, May 1, 1948 (PDF)

  6. Sacra Virginitas (On Consecrated Virginity) Pope Pius XII, March 25, 1954 (PDF)

  7. Paenitentiam Agrere (On the Need for the Practice of Interior and Exterior Penance) Pope John XXIII, July 1, 1962 (PDF)

  8. Mysterium Fidei (On the Eucharist) Pope Paul VI, September 3, 1965 (PDF)

  9. Dominicae Cenae (On the Eucharist - Apostolic Letter) Pope John Paul II, February 24, 1980 (PDF)

  10. Salvifici Dolores (On Human Suffering - Apostolic Letter) Pope John Paul II, February 11, 1984 (PDF)

  11. Reconciliatio et Paenitentia (Reconciliation and Penance - Apostolic Exhortation) Pope John Paul II, December 2, 1984 (PDF)

  12. Dies Domini (On Keeping the Lord's Day Holy - Apostolic Letter) Pope John Paul II, May 31, 1988 (PDF)

  13. Vicesimus Quintus Annus (On the Sacred Liturgy - Apostolic Letter) Pope John Paul II, December 4, 1988 (PDF)

  14. Misericordia Dei (On Certain Aspects of the Celebration of Penance - Apostolic Letter) Pope John Paul II, April 7, 2002 (PDF)

  15. Ecclesia de Eucharistia (The Eucharist and its Relation to the Church) Pope John Paul II, April 17, 2003 (PDF)

 

Evangelism, Catechesis and Ecumenism

  1. Spectata Fides (On Christian Education) Pope Leo XIII, November 27, 1885 (PDF)

  2. Paterna Caritas (On Reunion with Rome) Pope Leo XIII, July 25, 1888 (PDF)

  3. Christi Nomen (On the Propagation of the Faith and Eastern Churches) Pope Leo XIII, December 24, 1894 (PDF)

  4. Acerbo Nimis (On the Teaching of Christian Doctrine) Pope Pius X, April 15, 1905 (PDF)

  5. Humani Generis Redemptionem (On Preaching the Word of God) Pope Benedict XV, June 15, 1917 (PDF)

  6. Pacem, Dei Munus Pulcherrimum (On Peace and Christian Reconciliation) Pope Benedict XV, May 23, 1920 (PDF)

  7. Rerum Ecclesiae (On Catholic Missions) Pope Pius XI, February 28, 1926 (PDF)

  8. Mortalium Animos (On Religious Unity) Pope Pius XI, January 6, 1928 (PDF)

  9. Divini Illius Magistri (On Christian Education) Pope Pius XI, December 31, 1931 (PDF)

  10. Vigilanti Cura (On Motion Picture) Pope Pius XI, June 29, 1936 (PDF)

  11. Humani Generis (Concerning False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundation of Catholic Doctrine) Pope Pius XII, August 12, 1950 (PDF)

  12. Evangelli Praecones (On Promotion of Catholic Missions) Pope Pius XII, June 2, 1951 (PDF)

  13. Princeps Pastorum (On Missions, Native Clergy and Participation of the Laity) Pope John XXIII, November 28, 1959 (PDF)

  14. Catechesi Tradendae (Catechesis in Our Time) Pope John Paul II, October 16, 1979 (PDF)

  15. Ut Unum Sint (That They May Be One) Pope John Paul II, May 25, 1995 (PDF)

  16. Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) Pope Francis, June 29, 2013 (PDF)

  17. Evangelli Gaudium (Proclamation of the Gospel) Pope Francis, Nov. 24, 2013 (PDF)

 

 

Holy Scripture

  1. Providentissimus Deus (On the Study of Holy Scripture) Pope Leo XIII, November 18, 1893 (PDF)

  2. Spiritus Paraclitus (On St. Jerome) Pope Benedict XV, September 15, 1920 (PDF)

  3. Divino Afflante Spiritu  (On the Promotion of Biblical Studies) Pope Pius XII, September 30, 1943 (PDF)

 

Marriage and Family

  1. Arcanum Divinae (On Christian Marriage) Pope Leo XIII, February 10, 1880 (PDF)

  2. Dum Multa (On Marriage Legislation) Pope Leo XIII, December 24, 1902 (PDF)

  3. Castii Cannubii (On Christian Marriage) Pope Pius XI, December 31, 1930 (PDF)

  4. Humanae Vitae (On Human Life -- Regulation of Births) Pope Paul VI, July 25, 1968 (PDF)

  5. Laborem Exercens (On Human Work) Pope John Paul II, September 14, 1981 (PDF)

  6. Familiaris Consortio (On the Christian Family in the Modern World) Pope John Paul II, November 22, 1981 (PDF)

  7. Gratissiman Sane (Letter to Families) Pope John Paul II, February 2, 1994 (PDF)

 

 

Human Life

  1. Pastoralis Offici (On the Morality of Dueling) Pope Leo XIII, September 12, 1891 (PDF)

  2. Humanae Vitae (On Human Life -- Regulation of Births) Pope Paul VI, July 25, 1968 (PDF)

  3. Instruction on Respect for Human Life Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) February 22, 1987 (PDF)

  4. Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1995 (PDF)

 

Philosophy

  1. Aeterni Patris (On the Restoration of Christian Philosophy) Pope Leo XIII, August 4, 1879 (PDF)

  2. Inscrutabili Dei Consilio (On the Evils of Society) Pope Leo XIII, April 21, 1878 (PDF)

  3. Exeunte Iam Anno (On the Right Ordering of Christian Life) Pope Leo XIII, December 25, 1888 (PDF)

  4. Libertas (On the Nature of Human Liberty) Pope Leo XIII, June 20, 1888 (PDF)

  5. Pascendi Dominici Gregis (On the Doctrines of the Modernists) Pope Pius X, September 8, 1907 (PDF)

  6. Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum (Appealing for Peace) Pope Benedict XV, November 1, 1914 (PDF)

  7. Summi Pontificatus (On the Unity of Human Society) Pope Pius XII, October 20, 1939 (PDF)

  8. Le Pelerinage De Lourdes (Warning Against Materialism on the Centenary of the Apparition at Lourdes) Pope Pius XII, June 2, 1957 (PDF)

  9. Ad Petri Cathedram (The Truth, Unity and Peace in a Spirit of Charity) Pope John XXIII, June 29, 1959 (PDF)

  10. Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) Pope John Paul II, August 6, 1993 (PDF)

  11. Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason) Pope John Paul II, September 14, 1998 (PDF)

 

 

 

Government and Social Justice

  1. Quod Apostolici Muneris (On Socialism) Pope Leo XIII, December 28, 1878 (PDF)

  2. Diuturnum (On the Origin of Civil Power) Pope Leo XIII, June 29, 1881 (PDF)

  3. Immortale Dei (On the Christian Constitution of States) Pope Leo XIII, November 1, 1885 (PDF)

  4. In Plurimis (Abolition of Slavery) Pope Leo XIII, May 5, 1888 (PDF)

  5. Sapientiae Christianae (On Christians as Citizens) Pope Leo XIII, January 10, 1890 (PDF)

  6. Rerum Novarum (On Capital and Labor) Pope Leo XIII, May 15, 1891 (PDF)

  7. Graves De Communi Re (On Christian Democracy) Pope Leo XIII, January 18, 1901 (PDF)

  8. Une Fois Encore (On the Separation of Church and State) Pope Pius X, January 6, 1907 (PDF)

  9. Singulari Quadam (On Labor Organizations) Pope Pius X, September 24, 1912 (PDF)

  10. Quadragesimo Anno (On Reconstruction of the Social Order) Pope Pius XI, March 15, 1931 (PDF)

  11. Mitt Brennender Sorge (On the Church and the German Riech) Pope Pius XI, March 14, 1937 (PDF)

  12. Divini Redemptoris (On Atheistic Communism) Pope Pius XI, March 19, 1937 (PDF)

  13. Quemadmodum (Pleading for the Care of the World's Destitute Children) Pope Pius XII, January 6, 1946 (PDF)

  14. Anni Sacri (On a Program for Combating Atheistic Propaganda Throughout the World) Pope Pius XII, March 12, 1950 (PDF)

  15. Mater Et Magistra (On Christianity and Social Progress) Pope John XXIII, May 15, 1961 (PDF)

  16. Pacem In Terris (On Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity and Liberty) Pope John XXIII, April 11, 1963 (PDF)

  17. Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples) Pope Paul VI, March 26, 1967 (PDF)

  18. Laborem Exercens (On Human Work) Pope John Paul II, September 14, 1981 (PDF)

  19. Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (The Social Concern of the Church) Pope John Paul II, December 30, 1987 (PDF)

  20. Centesimus Annus (On the Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum) Pope John Paul II, May 1, 1991 (PDF)

  21. Caritas In Veritate (On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth) Pope Benedict XVI, June 29, 2009 (PDF)

 

 

Saints

  1. Auspicato Concessum (On St. Francis of Assisi) Pope Leo XIII, September 17, 1882 (PDF)

  2. Grande Munus (On SS. Cyril and Methodius) Pope Leo XIII, September 30, 1880 (PDF)

  3. Quamquam Pluries (On Devotion to St. Joseph) Pope Leo XIII, August 15, 1889 (PDF)

  4. Militantis Ecclesiae (On St. Peter Canisius) Pope Leo XIII, April 1, 1897 (PDF)

  5. Iucunda Sane (On Pope Gregory the Great) Pope Pius X, March 12, 1904 (PDF)

  6. Editae Saepe (On St. Charles Borromeo) Pope Pius X, May 26, 1910 (PDF)

  7. In Hac Tanta (On St. Boniface) Pope Benedict XV, May 14, 1919 (PDF)

  8. Spiritus Paraclitus (On St. Jerome) Pope Benedict XV, September 15, 1920 (PDF)

  9. Principi Apostolorum Petro (On St. Ephrem the Syrian) Pope Benedict XV, October 5, 1920 (PDF)

  10. In Praeclara Summorum (On Dante to Professors and Students of Literature) Pope Benedict XV, April 20, 1921 (PDF) ** Dante is not a canonized saint.

  11. Fausto Appetente Die (On St. Dominic) Pope Benedict XV, June 29, 1921 (PDF)

  12. Rerum Omnium Perturbationem (On St. Francis de Sales) Pope Pius XI, January 26, 1923 (PDF)

  13. Rite Expiatis (On St. Francis of Assisi) Pope Pius XI, April 30, 1926 (PDF)

  14. Orientalis Ecclesiae (On St. Cyril - Patriarch of Alexandria) Pope Pius XII, April 9, 1944 (PDF)

  15. Fulgens Radiatur (On St. Benedict) Pope Pius XII, March 21, 1947 (PDF)

  16. Doctor Mellifluus (On St. Bernard of Clairvaux - The Last of the Fathers) Pope Pius XII, Mary 24, 1953 (PDF)

  17. Ecclesiae Fastos (On St. Boniface) Pope Pius XII, June 5, 1954 (PDF)

  18. Invicti Athletae (On St. Andrew of Bobola) Pope Pius XII, May 16, 1957 (PDF)

  19. Sacerdoti Nostri Primordia (On St. John Vianney) Pope John XXIII, August 1, 1959 (PDF)

  20. Slavorum Apostoli (Apostles of the Slavs) Pope John Paul II, June 2, 1985 (PDF)

  21. Divini Amoris Scientia (St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Proclaimed Doctor of the Universal Church - Apostolic Letter) Pope John Paul II, October 19, 1997 (PDF)

 

 

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