Introduction

Catholic Social Teaching Encyclicals

Laudato si' on Care for our Common Home is Pope Francis's 2015 Encyclical Letter. It looks at human ecology, how we are custodians of God's creation and our environment. It builds on the rich teaching of previous pontiffs and adds to the body of Catholic Social Teaching that has been built up over the years. Here you can download the social teaching Encyclicals. We also include 'Evangelii Gaudium' as, whilst not an Encyclical, it gives particular attention to the ‘social dimension of Evangelisation’.

Apostolic Exhortation

Evangelii Gaudium

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Evangelii Gaudium is the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation 'The Joy of the Gospel' released by Pope Francis on Tuesday, 26 November 2013.

Encyclical

Caritas in Veritate

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An Encyclical Letter by Pope Benedict XVI on 'Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth'. 2009

Encyclical

Evangelium Vitae

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An Encyclical Letter by Pope John Paul II on 'The Value and Inviolability of Human Life'. 1995.

Encyclical

Centesimus Annus

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An Encyclical Letter by Pope John Paul II on 'The Hundreth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum'. 1991

Encyclical

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis

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An Encyclical Letter by Pope John Paul II on 'The Social Concern of the Church'. 1987

Encyclical

Laborem Exercens

laborem-exercens.pdf 291.68 kB

An Encyclical Letter by Pope John Paul II on 'Human Work'. 1981

Encyclical

Octogesima Adveniens

octogesima-adveniens.pdf 268.50 kB

An Encyclical Letter by Pope Paul VI on 'The Eightieth Year, since Rerum Novarum'. 1971

Encyclical

Populorum Progressio

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An Encyclical Letter by Pope Paul VI on 'The Development of People'. 1967

Encyclical

Pacem in Terris

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An Encyclical Letter by Pope John XIII on 'Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity and Liberty'. 1963

Encyclical

Mater Et Magistra

mater-et-magistra.pdf 346.08 kB

An Encyclical Letter by Pope John XXIII on 'Christianity and Social Progress'. 1961

Encyclical

Quadragesimo Anno

quadragesimo-anno.pdf 284.22 kB

An Encyclical Letter by Pope Pius XI on 'The Fortieth Year, since Rerum Novarum'. 1931

Encyclical

Rerum Novarum

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An Encyclical Letter by Pope Leo XIII on 'Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor'. 1891