what do we call a letter from the pope to the WHOLE church?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    An encyclical.

    Here are Pope Benedict XVI's two encyclicals (so far):

    Spe Salvi (On Christian Hope): http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/enc...

    Deus Caritas Est (On Christian Love): http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/enc...

    With love in Christ.

  • 1 decade ago

    Kevin is correct.

    5 dictionary results for: encyclical

    –noun 1. Roman Catholic Church. a letter addressed by the pope to all the bishops of the church.

    –adjective 2. (of a letter) intended for wide or general circulation; general.

    Also, en·cyc·lic.

    [Origin: 1610–20; < LL encyclicus (< Gk enkýklios, with -icus -ic for -ios, equiv. to en- en-2 + kýkl(os) circle, cycle + -ios adj. suffix) + -al1]

    Source(s): dictionary.com
  • 1 decade ago

    An encyclical. Bear in mind that in RC thought, the pope is still the pontiff of all christians, even those who are in other ecclesial bodies (i.e. denominations).

  • 1 decade ago

    It's called an Encyclical.

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    1 decade ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    dear pope

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    a letter

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A satanic lie.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is called a "Papal Bull". And that is no bull/true.

  • 1 decade ago

    encyclical

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