Pontifical Writings

Magisterial Texts:

Categories of Documents
The following categories of papal documents are according to relative degree of authority, greatest to least.

Motu Proprio

Apostolic Constitutions

Encyclical Letters

Apostolic Letters

Apostolic Exhortations

Letters

Common Declarations

Homilies

Allocutions (General Audiences, Private Audiences, Discourses)

Messages

Selected Writings and Collections

 

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