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Intended for general or wide circulation.
n. Roman Catholic Church
A papal letter addressed to the bishops of the Church or to the hierarchy of a particular country.

[From Medieval Lattin encyclicus, circular, from Greek enkuklios : en-, in; see en-2 + kuklos, circle; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]


(Roman Catholic Church) a letter sent by the pope to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
(of letters) intended for general or wide circulation
[C17: from Late Latin encyclicus, from Greek enkuklios general, from kuklos circle]


(ɛnˈsɪk lɪ kəl, -ˈsaɪ klɪ-)

also en•cyc′lic,

1. a letter addressed by the pope to all the bishops of the church.
2. (of a letter) intended for wide or general circulation; general.
[1610–20; < Late Latin encyclicus (< Greek enkýklios)]

encyclical, encyclic

a letter from the Pope to the Roman Catholic clergy on matters of doctrine or other concerns of the Church, of tenmeant to be read from the pulpit.
See also: Pope
a letter from the Pope to the Roman Catholic clergy on matters of doctrine or other concerns of the Church, of ten meant to be read from the pulpit.
See also: Catholicism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.encyclical - a letter from the pope sent to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
letter, missive - a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"
Adj.1.encyclical - intended for wide distribution; "an encyclical letter"
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up


[enˈsɪklɪkəl] Nencíclica f


[ɪnˈsɪklɪkəl] n (RELIGION)encyclique f


nEnzyklika f


[ɪnˈsɪklɪkl] nenciclica
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Secondly, according to Catholic Church doctrine, Papal Encyclicals are to be read and cited in full.
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Along with the publication of Benedict XVI's Charity in Truth, Ignatius Press is adding to its print editions electronic and audio versions of the Pope's previous encyclicals, God is Love and Saved in Hope.
This magnum opus follows upon the previous two Encyclicals of the Ratzinger pontificate: Deus Caritas Est (God is love) and Spe salvi (In hope we were saved).
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