Catholic reference material

From the Holy Father, Benedict XVI

From Pope John Paul II

Papal Encyclicals

Apostolic Exhortations

Apostolic Constitutions

Apostolic Letters

Pope’s Angelus / Regina Coeli messages

Papal audiences

Messages

Biography

Papal Encyclicals

Apostolic Exhortations

Apostolic Constitutions

Apostolic Letters

Pope’s Angelus / Regina Coeli messages

Papal audiences

Messages

Biography

From Pope John Paul I

From Pope Paul VI

From Pope John XXIII

Pope’s Angelus / Regina Coeli messages

Papal audiences

Biography

Papal Encyclicals

Apostolic Exhortations

Apostolic Constitutions

Apostolic Letters

Pope’s Angelus / Regina Coeli messages

Papal audiences

Messages

Biography

Papal Encyclicals

Apostolic Constitutions

Apostolic Letters

Messages

Biography


From the Roman Curia

The Secretariat of State

 

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

fileThe reception of the Holy Communion by the divorced and remarried (1994)

 

The Congregation for the Oriental Churches

 

The Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

fileThe Year of the Eucharist (Oct 2004-Oct 2005) – Suggestions and Proposals (2004)
fileRedemptionis Sacramentum – On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist (2003)
fileDirectory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy – Principles and Guidelines (2002)

 

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints

fileNew Laws for the Causes of Saints (1983)

 

The Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples

fileGuide for Catechists (1993)

 

The Congregation for the Clergy

fileThe Priest and the Third Christian Millennium (1999)
fileGeneral Directory for Catechesis
fileBasic norms for the formation of permanent deacons
fileThe collaboration of the non-ordained faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priest (1997)
fileDirectory on the Ministry and Life of Priests (1994)

 

The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

fileStarting afresh from Christ: A renewed commitment to consecrated life in the Third Millennium
fileNew Vocations for a new Europe: Final Document of the Congress on Vocations to the Priesthood and to Consecrated Life (1998)
fileEncyclical of Pope Pius XII: Sacra Virginitas (1954)
fileApostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII concerning Secular Institutions : Provida Mater Ecclesia (1947)

 

The Congregation for Catholic Education

fileThe Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium

 

The Congregation for Bishops

fileInstruction on Diocesan Synods (1997)

 

The Pontifical Council for the Laity

fileDecree of the Pontifical Council for the Laity: Approval ad experimentum of the Statutes of Neocatechumenal Way (June 29, 2002)
fileThe Dignity of Older People and their Mission in the Church and in the World (1998)
fileInstruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priests (1997)
fileDecree on the Apostolate of the Laity Apostolicam Actuositatem (1965)

 

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

 

The Pontifical Council for the Family

filePreparation for the Sacrament of Marriage (1996)
fileThe Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality (1995)
fileVademecum for confessors (1997)

 

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

 

The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”

 

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

 

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers

 

The Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts

 

The Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

 

The Pontifical Council for Culture

 

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications

 

The Synod of Bishops


Vatican II

Constitutions

file Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation – Dei Verbum
file Dogmatic Constitution on the Church – Lumen Gentium
file Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy – Sacrosanctum Concilium
file Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World – Gaudium et Spes

Declarations

file Declaration on Christian Education – Gravissimum Educationis
file Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions – Nostra Aetate
file Declaration on Religious Freedom – Dignitatis Humanae

Decrees

file Decree Ad Gentes on the Missionary activity of the Church
file Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests – Presbyterorum Ordinis
file Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity – Apostolicam Actuositatem
file Decree on Priestly Training – Optatam Totius
file Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life – Perfectae Caritatis
file Decree concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops – Christus Dominus
file Decree on Ecumenism – Unitatis Redintegratio
file Decree on the Catholic Church of the Eastern Rites – Orientalium Ecclesiarum
file Decree on the Media of Social Communications – Inter Mirifica


From the Catholic Church in England and Wales

fileCherishing Life (2004)
fileCatholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults


Some key church documents

file The General Instruction to the Roman Missal
file The Code of Canon Law
file The Catechism of the Catholic Church
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