encyclical encyclical  /ɛn ˈsɪ klɪ kəl/


  1. (n) a letter from the pope sent to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
  2. (adj) intended for wide distribution


  1. As for the birth control controversy, his challenge to the encyclical makes it clear that the issue is not dead.
  2. In his second encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI cogitates on the Christian idea of hope, on the fall of Communism, and on the dangers of science without faith.
  3. The battle between the Roman Catholic hierarchy and dissident priests over Pope Paul's anti-contraception encyclical continues.


  • Pope confirms he's finishing encyclical begun by Pope Benedict

    Pope Francis told members of the ordinary council of the Synod of Bishops that he was preparing to publish an encyclical on faith written "with four hands" -- his own and those of Pope Benedict XVI.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: National Catholic Reporter


  1. Archbishop Martin said: "The Pope wrote his first encyclical about the love of God. He was very visibly upset, I would say, to hear of some of the things that are told in the Ryan report, how the children had suffered from the very opposite of an...
    on Jun 8, 2009 By: Diarmuid Martin Source: Irish Times

  2. "Venerable and dear brothers," the Pope said in his homily, "I want to sum up the meaning of this new call that you have received in the word which I placed at the heart of my first encyclical: 'caritas.' This matches well the color of your...
    on Mar 24, 2006 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Zenit News Agency

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