Pope Francis has released the second Apostolic Exhortation of his Pontificate - Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love.

Here is a link to the full text. Church leaders from around the world have hailed the tone of mercy in The Joy of Love but caution against a hurried reading of the document.




Pope Francis has released the first Encyclical of his Pontificate - Laudato Si': On the Care of Our Common Home.

Here is a link to the full text.



Asylum seeker protest

The Australian Bishops Conference releases statements concerning contemporary issues and Church teachings. Those statements range from migrants and refugees, the plight of the poor, to assessment of policy and its impact on Catholic social teaching. (Image C paintings / ).

Dei Verbum 1

The document Dei Verbum (Word of God) is one of only two dogmatic constitutions issued by Vatican II, the other being Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. Download PDF Other Vatican II documents here.


Papal Encyclicals online

Catholics are generally aware of the fact of papal infallibility and that the Church teaches with authority (Matthew 28:19-20). However they often do not have a clear idea that when the Church teaches in various modes, it does so with different levels of authority. Not all statements or documents carry the same weight.

Lumen fidei cover

Pope Francis has released two major documents during his pontificate so far - Lumen Fidei and Evangelii Gaudium - The Light of Faith and The Joy of the Gospel. Find commentaries on some other encyclicals...