Church Documents

Papal Documents, Homilies, and Addresses


Apostolic Exhortations

Vita Consecrata 
Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Consecrated Life and its Mission in the Church and in the World, Pope John Paul II, 3/25/96.

Redemptionis Donum 
Apostolic Exhortation to Men and Women Religious on their Consecration in the Light of the Mystery of the Redemption, Pope John Paul II, 03/25/84.

Evangelica Testificatio
Apostolic Exhortation on the Renewal of the Religious Life according to the Teaching of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI, 06/29/71
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Apostolic Letters

Pope Francis, Apostolic Letter Issued "Motu Propio" by the Supreme Pontiff Francis, "As a Loving Mother," 2016.

Pope Francis, Apostolic Letter of his Holiness Pope Francis, “To all Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life,” 2014.


Apostolic Constitutions

Vultum Dei quaerere on women's contemplative life, 7/22/16

World Day for Consecrated Life

Pope Francis, Homily for the XXI World Day of Consecrated Life, 2017.

Pope Francis, Homily for the XX World Day of Consecrated Life, 2016.

Pope Francis, Homily for the XIX World Day of Consecrated Life, 2015.

Pope Francis, Homily for the XVIII World Day of Consecrated Life, 2014.

Pope Benedict XVI Homily for the XVII World Day of Consecrated Life, 2013.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for the XVI World Day of Consecrated Life, 2012.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for the XV World Day of Consecrated Life, 2011.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for the XIV Word Day of Consecrated Life, 2010.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for the XIII World Day of Consecrated Life, 2009.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for the XII Word Day of Consecrated Life, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for the XI World Day of Consecrated Life, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for the X World Day of Consecrated Life, 2006.

Pope John Paul II, Special Message of Pope John Paul II World Day of Consecrated Life, 2005.

Pope John Paul II, Homily for the VIII World Day of Consecrated Life, 2004.

Pope John Paul II, Homily for the VII World Day of Consecrated Life, 2003.

Pope John Paul II, Homily for the VI World Day of Consecrated Life, 2002.

Pope John Paul II, Homily for the V World Day of Consecrated Life, 2001.

Pope John Paul II, Homily for the IV World Day of Consecrated Life, 2000.

Pope John Paul II, Homily for the III World Day of Consecrated Life, 1999.

Pope John Paul II, Homily for the II World Day of Consecrated Life, 1998.

Pope John Paul II, Homily for the first World Day of Consecrated Life, 1997.

Messages for World Day of Prayer for Vocations

2017, Led by the Spirit of Mission

2016, The Church, Mother of Vocations

2015, Exodus, A fundamental experience of Vocations

2014, Vocations, Witness to the Truth