Apostolic Exhortations

A category of document similar to an Apostolic Letter, which Pope John Paul II uses to communicate to the Church the conclusions he has reached after consideration of the recommendations of a Synod of Bishops. He has also used it in other circumstances, such as to exhort religious to a deeper evangelical life.


Apostolic Exhortations - a category of document similar to an Apostolic Letter, which Pope John Paul II uses to communicate to the Church the conclusions he has reached after consideration of the recommendations of a Synod of Bishops. He has also used it in other circumstances, such as to exhort religious to a deeper evangelical life.


1.  JP2AFRIC.HTM --VIEW                       

Ecclesia in Africa

Apostolic Exhortation on the evangelizing mission of the Church in Africa as the year 2000 approaches. Made public on September 15, 1995.


2.  JP2CATEC.HTM -- VIEW                     

On Catechesis in Our Time

Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae, issued on October 16, 1979, is the fruit of the Fourth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 1977), called by Pope Paul VI. In this exhortation Pope John Paul II, who attended the Synod as a bishop, sought to strengthen the solidity of the faith and of Christian living and ardently desires to "spread among communities the joy of bringing the mystery of Christ to the world."


3.  JP2DONUM.HTM -- VIEW                     

Gift of the Redemption

Redemptionis Donum is the Jubilee Year exhortation (1950th Year of the Redemption) of the Pope to men and women religious. Issued on March 25, 1984, he encourages them to follow Christ along the "narrow and hard" way.


4.  JP2FAMIL.HTM -- VIEW                     

On the Family

Issued on December 15, 1981, Familiaris Consortio is the fruit of the Fifth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops held in October 1979. John Paul II covers the situation of the family in the world today, God's plan for marriage and the family, the role of the Christian family and the pastoral care of the family.


5.  JP2LAICI.HTM -- VIEW                      

On the Laity

Christifideles Laici resulted from the Seventh Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 1987). Issued on December 30, 1988, it seeks to stir and promote a deeper awareness among all the faithful of the gift and responsibility they share, both as a group and as individuals, in the communion and mission of the Church.


6. JP2RECON.HTM -- VIEW                      

On Reconciliation and Penance

Reconciliatio et Paenitentia derives from the Sixth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 1983). Issued on December 2, 1984, Pope John Paul invites us to rediscover the words of Christ, "Repent, and believe in the gospel." He shows the Church's concern to know and understand modern man and to bring the love of Christ to heal the many deep and painful divisions in the world today.


7. JP2SHEP.HTM -- VIEW                      

I Will Give You Shepherds

Pastores Dabo Vobis on the formation of priests in the circumstances of the present day is the fruit of the Eight Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 1990). Given on March 25, 1992. It covers the challenges facing priestly formation, the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood, the spiritual life of the priest, priestly vocation in the Church's pastoral work, the formation of candidates for the priesthood and the ongoing formation of priests.


8.  JP2VITA.HTM -- VIEW                      

The Consecrated Life

Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata on the various forms of consecrated life, including new forms of evangelical life, is the fruit of the Ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 1994). Given on March 25, 1996.


9.  JP2PSTGR.HTM -- VIEW

Pastores Gregis

Apostolic Exhortation, signed by Holy Father 16 October 2003, summarizes conclusions of the 2001 synod on the role of Bishops in the Church. In short, the Church needs Bishops who are Saints.


10.  JP2ECEUR.HTM -- VIEW

Ecclesia in Europa

In his Apostolic Exhortation, published 28 June 2003, the Holy Father summarizes the conclusions of the 2nd Synod of Bishops for Europe, 1999, offering guidance to a new Europe, aided by the Gospel.


11.  JP2OCEAN.HTM -- VIEW

Ecclesia in Oceania

On 22 November 2001, Pope John Paul II made cyberhistory with the first publication of an official document on the Internet. The apostolic exhortation "Ecclesia in Oceania" has the conclusions of that continent's Synod of Bishops, held in Rome in 1998.


12.  JP2AMER.HTM -- VIEW

Ecclesia in America

The Apostolic Exhortation The Church in America was issued on 23 January 1999 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalulpe in Mexico City. It is the Pope's response to the Synod of the Bishops of America held in Rome in 1997 and should be considered the millennial program of Catholic life and evangelization for the Church in America.


13. JP2CUSTO.HTM -- VIEW

Redemptoris Custos

Guardian of the Redeemer, Issued on August 15, 1989. A reflection upon the way that St. Joseph shared in the divine mystery of the Incarnation with the intention that all may grow in devotion to him.

 

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