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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.

Official Vatican Publications

These series serve as the official published records of the Holy See. Most official letters and pronouncements of the Pope, as well as of various other Vatican offices and congregations, are published here in chronological order. Many of these documents are published in languages other than English; the majority are in Latin, the official language of the Church. 

Both series may be accessed online through the Vatican's online Resource Library

Other Periodicals