Apostolic Constitutions

In teaching, it includes solemn Magisterial acts of the Pope; in governance, the most significant acts, including erecting dioceses, changing their status, rules for a papal election and the like.


Fidei Depositum

Apostolic Constitution promulgating the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Issued 11 October, 1992.

Promulgation of the New Code of Canon Law

Apostolic Constitution Sacrae Disciplinae Leges of January 25, 1983.

On Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties

Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana. Issued on March 15, 1979. John Paul emphasizes the importance of Catholic universities in imparting instruction in Christian wisdom so that people's lives and conduct might be formed and a higher culture might be promoted.

On the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff

Universi Dominici Gregis issued on February 22, 1996.

On Catholic Universities

Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Issued on August 15, 1990. It states that a Catholic university has the honor and responsiblity to consecrate itself without reserve to the cause of truth. This is its way of serving at one and the same time both the dignity of man and the good of the Church.

Scripturarum Thesaurus

Apostolic Constitution of April 25, 1979, by which the new Vulgate edition of the Holy Bible is declared "typical" and is promulgated.

Pastor Bonus

Apostolic Constitution of 28 June 1988, which defines the competencies of various departments of the Curia, to bring them into conformity with the new Code of Canon Law (1983).

Divinus Perfectionis Magister

Apostolic Constitution of 25 January 1983, streamlined the process by which a candidate for canonization is investigated.


The following documents are not currently in the library, but will be made available in English as we are able:

1. Ecclesia in Urbe
1 January 1998 -  Updates several organizational aspects of the vicariate of Rome to bring conformity with the new Code of Canon Law (1983).

2.  Magnum Matrimonii Sacramentum
7 October 1982 -
Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, at the Pontifical Lateran University, is given juridical form.