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.
3. JP2CHRIS.HTM -- VIEW
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.
6. JP2HT.HTM -- VIEW
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.
8. JP2MARIT.HTM -- VIEW
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
10. JP2WOM.HTM -- VIEW
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
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.
13. JP96BART.HTM -- VIEW
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.