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Pope FrancisThe intent of this web page is to contain the most recent and important encyclicals and Apostolic letters or similar "News of interest" coming from the Vatican.

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Commentaries on the Sunday Liturgy from the Vatican:

Why should I pray? Commentaries from the Vatican


Why should I pray? Sistine Chapel — Virtual Tour

How do I stay holy? Official Acts Of The Holy See including those relative to the 2nd World War
                    (In Latin)

How do I stay holy?  Useful information from the Vatican web site



Should there be Extraordinary Ministers at ...? Gospel of Life, (Evangelium Vitae)

Where in Scripture does it say ...? Faith and Reason, (Fides Et Ratio)

What do Catholic Christians believe about ...? Lord and Giver of Life, (Dominum Et Vivificantem)

How can Indulgences ...? On Human Work, (Laborem Exercens)

What is the meaning and purpose of ...? On the Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum, (Centesimus Annus)

I am divorced and remarried but wish to be reconciled... How do I ...? On the Permanent Validity of the Church's Missionary Mandate, (Redemptoris Missio)

Can a woman religious ...? Mother of the Redeemer, (Redemptoris Mater)

Is there a real ...? The Redeemer of Man, (Redemptor Hominis)

How do I get my marriage reconciled with ...? On the Mercy of God, (Dives In Misericordia)

Can women be ...? On the Twentieth Anniversary of Populorum Progressio, (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis)

I'm confused about ...? That They May Be One, (Ut Unum Sint)

Has the Church ever ...? The Splendor of Truth, (Veritatis Splendor)

Apostolic Letters:

When you die ...? On the Theological and Juridical Nature of Episcopal Conferences, (Apostolos Suos)

If St. Paul says this, why do Catholic Christians ...? In Order to Safeguard the Faith (Ad Tuendam Fidem).

I'm being drawn to the Catholic faith but ...?  The Lord's Day, (Dies Domini).

Is this a 'T'radition, (with a capital T) of the Church? On Reserving Priestly Ordination for Men alone, (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis).

What does the Vatican do with ...? On Preparation for The Jubilee Of The Year 2000, (Tertio Millennio Adveniente).

Apostolic Exhortations:

Is this religious organization a cult? On Catechesis In Our Time, (Catechesi Tradendae).

Papal statements:

I'm thinking about getting involved in this, Is it demonic or new age? "The Church must learn to cope with the Computer Culture" by Pope John Paul II

Are these books OK to read? Pope John Paul II's statement on evolution.

CDF, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and other Vatican councils:

If Catholics believe in Purgatory why ...? On Certain Questions regarding The Collaboration Of The Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priest.

What is the difference between ...? The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality
            (Pontifical Council for the Family)

If Hell exist why ...? Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage
            (Pontifical Council for the Family)

Is this a 't'radition (with a small t) or practice of the Church? Reflections on Cloning from the Pontifical Academy for Life


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