• Rerum Novarum Leo XIII

    Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Pope Leo XIIIOn the Condition of the Working Classes Issued on May 15, 1891 To Our Venerable Brethren the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops and other Ordinaries of Places Having Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See: 1. Once the passion for revolutionary change was aroused –a passion long disturbing governments–it was bound to follow sooner or later that eagerness for change would pass from the political sphere over into the related field of economics. In fact, new developments in industry, new techniques striking out on new paths, changed relations of employer...
  • Christus Dominus Pius XII

    Christus Dominus Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XIIconcerning the discipline to be observed with respect to the Eucharistic fast January 6, 1953 Pius, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God for an everlasting remembrance Christ the Lord on the night in which He was betrayed[1] when for the last time He kept the Pasch of the old law, after He had supped[2] took bread, and giving thanks broke, and gave to His disciples, saying: This is My Body which shall be given up for you[3]; and He likewise presented the chalice to them saying: This is...
  • Arcanum Leo XIII

    Arcanum Encyclical of Pope Leo XIIIOn Christian Marriage Promulgated on February 10, 1880 To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, and Bishops of the Catholic World in Grace and Communion with the Apostolic See. The hidden design of the divine wisdom, which Jesus Christ the Savior of men came to carry out on earth, had this end in view, that, by Himself and in Himself, He should divinely renew the world, which was sinking, as it were, with length of years into decline. The Apostle Paul summed this up in words of dignity and majesty when he wrote...
  • Universi Dominici Gregis John Paul II

    Universi Dominici Gregis Apostolic Constitution of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II on the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff February 22, 1996 Chapter I:The Powers of the College of CardinalsDuring the Vacancy of the Apostolic See Chapter II:The Congregations of the Cardinalsin Preparation for the Electionof the Supreme Pontiff Chapter III:Concerning Certain Offices Duringthe Vacancy of the Apostolic See Chapter IV:Faculties of the Dicasteries of theRoman Curia During the Vacancyof the Apostolic See Chapter V:The Funeral Rites of the Roman Pontiff Chapter I:The Electors of the Roman Pontiff Chapter...
  • Urban VIII Biography

    Urban VIII1623-1644 Maffeo Barberini born 1568 This pope, Maffeo Barberini, was born at Florence in 1568, son of Antonio Barberini and Camilla Barbadori, whose families were distinguished for their nobility and their lofty connections. When Maffeo was three years old he lost his father, and made his early studies, in his own tongue, under the wise direction of his mother. Camilla then sent him to Rome to study philosophy, under his uncle Francis Barberini, apostolical prothonotary. At the age of twenty, Maffeo was received as doctor at Pisa, and then returned to Rome. Sixtus V named...
  • Pope Pius XII - The Papal Library

    The Writings of Pope Pius XII Apostolic Constitutions Apostolic Exhortation Encyclicals
  • General Audience, October 18, 2000

    Eucharist, Banquet of Communion with God Pope John Paul II General Audience October 18, 2000 1. We have become Christ. For if he is the head we are the members; he and we together are the whole man (Augustine, Tractatus in Joh., 21, 8). St Augustine's bold words extol the intimate communion that is created between God and man in the mystery of the Church, a communion which, on our journey through history, finds its supreme sign in the Eucharist. The commands, Take, eat ... Drink of it ... (Mt 26: 26-27), which Jesus gives his...
  • General Audience, October 11, 2000

    The Eucharist is the Perfect Sacrifice of Praise Pope John Paul II General Audience October 11, 2000 Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Eucharist is the perfect sacrifice of praise. This is because the glorified Christ who gave his life on the Cross for our salvation is sacramentally present in the Eucharist, unceasingly offering to the world the fruits of the redemption won on Calvary. Because the sacrifice of Christ sealed once and for all the New Covenant between God and humanity, the Eucharist is the supreme celebration of the eternal bond of love between heaven and...
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