Apostolic Exhortations

by John Paul II

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"Simon, Simon . . . I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:31-32).

Pope John Paul II was a powerful and unstoppable pastor.  He wrote 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions, and 45 Apostolic Letters.  These are his more authoritative teachings.  Any person who reads these writings will grow both spiritually and intellectually.  Below is a list of his 14 Encyclicals.

Reading Apostolic Exhortations is a great way to enter into the mind and heart of the Church.  They are usually written in very clear and simple language and express the truths of the Christian Religion in a convincing manner.  A copious list of Pope John Paul's writings can be read at the Vatican's website.  The writings can be purchased in comfortable book form from Pauline Books and Media

We are in the process of making the Apostolic Exhortations available in Adobe Acrobat PDF, which allows for easy viewing and printing.  All you need is the free Adobe Reader.  It can take a few minutes to load, depending on connection.

  1. Catechesi Tradendae (Catechesis in Our Time) October 16, 1979 (PDF)

  2. Familiaris Consortio (On the Christian Family in the Modern World) November, 22, 1981 (PDF)

  3. Reconciliatio et Paenitentia (Reconciliation and Penance) December 2, 1984 (PDF)

  4. Christifideles Laici (On the Vocation and Mission of the Laity) December 30, 1988 (PDF)


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