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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. 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.
Examples of apostolic exhortations
- Menti nostrae (The sanctity of priestly life, 1950)
- Evangelii nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World, 1975)
- Catechesi Tradendae (Catechesis in Our Time, 1979)
- Familiaris consortio (The Christian Family in the Modern World, 1981)
- Christifideles laici (Christ's Faithful People, 1988)
- Ecclesia in America (The Church in America, 1999)
- Ecclesia in Asia (The Church in Asia, 1999)
- Ecclesia in Europa (The Church in Europe, 2003)
- Pastores gregis (For the Hope of the World, 2003)
- Africae munus (Africa's Commitment, 2011)
- Sacramentum caritatis (The Sacrament of Love, 2007)
- Verbum Domini (The Word of the Lord, 2010)
- Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love, 2016)
- Gaudete et exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad, 2018)
- Christus vivit (Christ is Alive, 2019)
- Evangelii gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel, 2013)
- Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon, 2020), Post-synodal exhortation on the Amazon Region
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