Key Documents

This section provides extracts from the key teachings of Pope Benedict XVI, including encyclicals, published work and the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.

This section provides extracts from the key teachings of Pope Benedict XVI, including encyclicals, published work and the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.

Pope Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazareth was released in Rome on 16 April 2007.

A Papal Encyclical is a circular letter which is written by a Pope to an audience of bishops and is intended to guide them in their ministry. Every encyclical is made publicly available for the spiritual benefit of all the people of God. Since his election in 2005, Pope Benedict has written three Encyclicals: Deus Caritas Est, Spe Salvi and Caritas in Veritate. They have been well-received by a wide range of audiences including Catholics, other Christian denominations and faith leaders, as well as people who do not belong to a faith community. Here you will find each Encyclical with a PDF download available.