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A Guide to...Papal Documents & Church Research

This guide is a starting point for research focused on the Catholic Church, including its history, its theology, and, most significantly, documents issued by Popes and the various sections of the Roman Curia.

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The majority of Church documents are officially issued in Latin and under Latin titles. In many sources of documents, only this Latin text is available.  The resources on this tab may help you interpret documents issued in Latin. 

This guide was originally created in 2012 under the supervision of Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Religious Studies & Humanities Services, and in collaboration with Dustin Booher and Taras Zvir at The Catholic University of America Libraries. The guide was designed for the use of the Religious Studies & Philosophy Library at The Catholic University of America. It has been copied and adapted with permission, and with many thanks!