Popes Year of Mercy letter

With the approach of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy I would like to focus on several points which I believe require attention to enable the celebration of the Holy Year to be for all believers a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God. (Image: Courtesy Shutterstock neneo/Shutterstock.com )

Throughout the centuries, Popes have produced teaching documents on a range of important topics in the life of the Catholic Church. Among those documents are Encyclicals and Apostolic Exhortations.

The list below includes all Encyclicals and Apostolic Exhortations issued since 1990.

Pope Francis (March 2013-present)


Laudato Si' (24 May 2015)

Lumen Fidei (29 June 2013)

Apostolic Exhortations

Querida Amazonia: Post-Synodal Exhortation to the People of God and to All Persons of Good Will (2 February 2020)

Christus Vivit: Post-Synodal Exhortation to Young People and to the entire People of God (25 March 2019)

Gaudete et Exsultate: Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today's world (19 March 2018)

Amoris Laetitia: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family (19 March 2016)

Evangelii Gaudium : Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today's World (24 November 2013)

Pope Benedict XVI (April 2005-February 2013)


Caritas in Veritate (June 29, 2009)

Spe Salvi (November 30, 2007)

Deus Caritas Est (December 25, 2005)

Apostolic Exhortations

Ecclesia in Medio Oriente: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness (14 September 2012)

Africae Munus: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace (19 November 2011)

Verbum Domini: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church (30 September 2010) 

Sacramentum Caritatis: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church's Life and Mission (22 February 2007)

Pope John Paul II (October 1978-April 2005)*


Ecclesia de Eucharistia (17 April 2003)

Fides et Ratio (14 September 1998)

Ut Unum Sint (25 May 1995)

Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995)

Veritatis Splendor (6 August 1993)

Centesimus Annus (1 May 1991)

Redemptoris Missio (7 December 1990)

* Click here for Pope John Paul II’s Encyclicals before 1990

Apostolic Exhortations

Pastores Gregis (October 16, 2003)

Ecclesia in Europa (June 28, 2003)

Ecclesia in Oceania (November 22, 2001)

Ecclesia in Asia (November 6, 1999)

Ecclesia in America (January 22, 1999)

A New Hope for Lebanon (May 10, 1997) – No English translation

Vita Consecrata (March 25, 1996)Vita Consecrata (March 25, 1996)

Ecclesia in Africa (September 14, 1995)

Pastores Dabo Vobis (March 15, 1992)

* Click here for Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortations before 1990

Pope Francis Shutterstock

The Holy Year of Mercy begins December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, with the opening of the Holy Door of St Peter's. But the year-long jubilee will include a number of individual jubilee days for specific groups including youth, relgiious, and prisoners. (Image: Courtesy Shutterstock)

Pope waves to crowds

When Francis was elected Pope in March, 2013, he was the first Bishop of Rome from the New World in the history of the Church. Since then, he has made an enormous impact on the world by his simplicity, his humility, his pastoral care of his flock, and his vision for the Church in the third millenium.  (Image: CNA)

Francis Year of Mercy

Pope Francis announced in March his intention to proclaim a holy year as a way for the Church to "make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy." Announcing the Jubilee of Mercy, which begins on December 8. the Pontiff said: "Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always." (Image: Courtesy Shutterstock)

Pope Benedict XVI  Shutterstock

For the first time in history, two Popes are living in the Vatican. Pope Francis and his immediate predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, are showing how the Church can, with faith and goodwill, live in harmony.


Mercy logo

"No one can be excluded from the mercy of God," the Pontiff said, announcing the Jubilee of Mercy, which begins on December 8. The website, Jubilee of Mercy, contains many resources, including the logo, the prayer, and updated news, and can be found here. (Image: Courtesy The Vatican)

Vatican Council II

More than fifty years after the close of the Second Vatican Council, the deep transformation it set in motion continues to reverberate through the Church at every level, from the halls of the Vatican to the pews of our local parishes. See here for some of the books about Vat II.