Key Teachings

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

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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.

Anglicanorum Coetibus

In November 2009, the Holy See published the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus - providing for Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Jesus of Nazareth

Pope Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazareth is the first part of a two-volume work. This first volume examines the public life of Christ from his Baptism in the River Jordan to the Transfiguration.