Apostolic exhortation

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An apostolic exhortation is a magisterial document written by the pope. It is considered third in importance, after apostolic constitutions and encyclicals.[1] Exhortations generally encourage a particular virtue or activity. Apostolic exhortations are frequently issued following a Synod of Bishops, in which case they are known as post-synodal apostolic exhortations. They do not define Church doctrine and are not considered legislative.[2]

Examples of apostolic exhortations[edit]

Pope Pius XII[edit]

Pope Paul VI[edit]

Pope John Paul II[edit]

Pope Benedict XVI[edit]

Pope Francis[edit]


  1. ^ San Martín, Inés (6 April 2018). "A new 'apostolic exhortation' is coming. What is that, anyway?". cruxnow.com. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  2. ^ Song, Connie. "LibGuides: Catholicism - General Resources: Papal documents". library.athenaeum.edu. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  3. ^ "Africae Munus: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace (19 November 2011) | BENEDICT XVI". Vatican.va. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  4. ^ https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-03/pope-francis-signs-synod-exhortation-paplor.html
  5. ^ http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/03/25/190325a.html
  6. ^ https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/02/12/200212c.html