The second Apostlic Exhortation of Pope Francis' Pontificate is dedicated to the family and family life. In it, the Pontiff tenderly urges Catholics around the world to a new way of being and loving.
The first Encyclical of Pope Francis' Pontificate is also the first Encylical of the Church dedicated to the environment. In it, he sounds a clarion call to the Church about not only the implications of climate change itself but also the urgency with which it must be addressed.
Perhaps no Pope in history has come to the office as well known to the Catholic public as Benedict XVI. As head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was often referred to as Pope John Paul II’s "lightening rod" and "God’s Rotweiller".
The Church has always also encouraged moral thinkers of faith to “do Theology” about moral matters. Veritatis Splendor (‘VS’ hereafter) (‘The Splendour of Truth’ in Latin) is a rather different encyclical from many others in that it addresses some fundamental technical questions of Moral Theology.