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A more complete list of modern papal documents is available by going to the Holy Father section of the Vatican Web site and clicking on the name of the pope whose writings you wish to read.

  • The Door of Faith: Apostolic Letter for the Indiction of the Year of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI, October 11, 2011
  • Charity in Truth: Encyclical on Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth by Pope Benedict XVI, June 29, 2009 (Caritas in Veritate)
  • Saved in Hope:Encyclical on Christian Hope by Pope Benedict XVI, Nov. 27, 2007 (Spe Salvi)
  • God Is Love: Encyclical on Christian Love by Pope Benedict XVI, Dec. 25, 2005 (Deus Caritas Est)
  • Stay with Us, Lord: Apostolic Letter on the “Year of the Eucharist” by Pope John Paul II, October 8, 2004 (Mane Nobiscum Domine)
  • The Church from the Eucharist: Encyclical on the Eucharist in Its Relationship to the Church by Pope John Paul II, April 17, 2003 (Ecclesia de Eucharistia)
  • The Rosary of the Virgin Mary: Apostolic Letter on the Most Holy Rosary (includes introduction of the Luminous Mysteries) by Pope John Paul II, October 16, 2002 (Rosarium Virginis Mariae)
  • Novo Millennio Ineunte: Apostolic Letter on the Beginning of the Third Millennium at the Close of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 by Pope John Paul II, January 6, 2001. Also, a summary of the letter by Ralph Martin
  • Dies Domini: Apostolic Letter on Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy by Pope John Paul II, May 31, 1998