Superiore anno

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Superiore anno
(Latin: Last year)
Encyclical letter of Pope Leo XIII
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Date 30 August 1884
Argument On the Recitation of the Rosary
Encyclical number 15 of 85 of the pontificate
Text in English

Superiore anno is an encyclical by Pope Leo XIII, issued on August 30, 1884, on the recitation of the Rosary.[1] It was written a year after Supremi apostolatus officio.

Pope Leo reiterated the exhortation expressed in the previous year's Supremi apostolatus officio that special rosary devotions be conducted throughout the month of October, particularly in light of the recent outbreak of cholera spreading from the ports. He further modified the previous year's decree, "As We desire also to consult the interests of those who live in country districts, and are hindered, especially in the month of October, by their agricultural labours, We permit all We have above decreed, and also the holy Indulgences gainable in the month of October, to be postponed to the following months of November or December, according to the prudent decision of the Ordinaries."[2]

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  1. ^ Pope Leo XIII, Superiore anno, Vatican, August 30, 1884
  2. ^ Pope Leo XIII, Superiore anno, §5