A personal letter from the Pope to a particular audience, such as the Letter to Families, or even to a single individual.

1.  ESELEM.HTM -- VIEW                         

Essential Elements of Religious Life

(1) Letter of Pope John Paul II asking the Bishops of the U. S. to 'render special pastoral service to the religious' of their dioceses during the 1983 Holy Year. (2) A document ('Essential Elements in the Church's Teaching on Religious Life as Applied to Institutes Dedicated to Works of the Apostolate') from the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes.

2.  JP2CLINT.HTM -- 4/1/96 VIEW

Letter to President Clinton

Released on April 5, 1994 by the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican. Pope John Paul from the draft document for next September's International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt a 'disturbing surprise.' This file is the text of the letter sent to President Clinton.


Letter to Children

Pope John Paul II's Letter to Children in the Year of the Family, 1994. It was dated Dec 13 and released at the Vatican Dec. 15.

4.  JP2DOMIN.HTM -- VIEW                

On the Holy Eucharist

Dominicae Cenae was issued on February 24, 1980. This letter is addressed to the bishops and priests. John Paul devotes this apostolic letter to certain aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery and its impact on the lives of those who are the ministers of It.

5.  JP2FAMLT.HTM -- VIEW                    

Letter to Families

Released February 22 at the Vatican. This letter marks the 1994 celebration of the International Year of the Family. The Pope speaks directly to every family throughout the world about the beauty and power of their witness to humanity.


1994 Holy Thursday Letter to Priests

On Priesthood & Pastoral Care of the Family, given at the Vatican on March 13, released on March 22, 1994.

7.  JP2HT95.HTM -- VIEW                      

1995 Holy Thursday Letter to Priests

On the important role of women in priests' life. Released April 7, 1995 by the Vatican.


Marital Act must be Total Gift of Person

A letter to the Centre for Research and Study on the Natural Regulation of Fertility of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, which held a convention 28 February - 1 March 1998.

9.  JP2PR96.HTM -- 4/1/96 VIEW

1996 Holy Thursday Letter to Priests

On the Call (Vocation) to the priesthood, March 17, 1996


Letter to Women

The letter to women issued in preparation for the Beijing Conference. Dated June 29 and released July 10 at the Vatican.

11.  JP96-904.HTM -- VIEW

Fifth Centenary of the First American Baptisms

Letter addressed to the Bishops of the Dominican Republic for the fifth centenary of the first Baptisms conferred in the New World.

12.  JP960709.HTM -- VIEW

Rose-Virginie Pelletier

To mark the second centenary of the birth of Rose-Virginie Pelletier, in religion, Mother Maria of St. Euphrasia, foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, the Holy Father addressed this letter, written on July 9, 1996, to Mother Liliane Tauvette, Superior General, illustrating the character of the foundress.


Persevere in Quest for Unity

Letter to His Holiness Bartholomew I Archbishop of Constantinople Ecumenical Patriarch dated on November 26, 1996.

14.  JP970316.HTM -- 4/23/97 VIEW

1997 Holy Thursday Letter to Priest

Given from the Vatican on March 16, 1997.