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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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To be sure, this is not the intention behind papal social encyclicals that as manifestations of Jesus Christ's salvific mission through his Church should have the conversion of hearts and minds as their objective.
ANNOUNCED FOR 2007 to mark the fortieth anniversary of Populorum Progressio (1967) of Pope Paul VI and the twentieth of Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (1987) of Blessed John Paul II, Caritas in Veritate (2) was originally intended to celebrate the memory of these two encyclicals, especially for their treatment of human development.
Not surprisingly, Koterski also situates Fides et Ratio in the tradition of papal social encyclicals. The Church social tradition rests firmly on the notion that each individual has a unique and inestimable human dignity.
For example, when Catholics today consider the role of the pope as teacher, they think of popes writing papal encyclicals. Yet the papal encyclical itself is a modern development, first employed in the 18th century by Pope Benedict XIV.
the centennial of "Rerum Novarum") I will concentrate on how Catholic Christianity has approached the question of a Christian economic system in the papal encyclicals. Though one could hardly claim that what is taught at this level automatically represents the attitudes of all Catholics, it is certainly fair to say that given the hierarchical nature of Catholicism, these documents have an impact far beyond the writings of an individual theologian or a local conference of bishops.
They did not cause the problem, but they do end up paying the price." Winwright noted that since few people read encyclicals, the teaching of "our vocation to serve and protect creation" needs to be tied to "the one practice that most of us regularly participate in: the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of Christian life in this world."