Papal Encyclicals & Bishop’s Letters


Bishop’s Pastoral Letters

BishDeclBishop Declan writes one or two Pastoral Letters each year. Previous letters may be found at …….

Pastoral Letter for 23rd Sunday of the Year (9th Sept ’18) – to see, hear or read this letter click here

Pastoral Letter given for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, 1st January 2018 – on the link –



Papal Monthly Intentions

Click here to see and hear the Holy Father’s monthly intentions

PopeFran_FotorPapal Encyclicals, Exhortations etc
Brief descriptions and links to these are given below … 

Letter to the People of God – issued 27 August 2018 may be read here

Gaudete et Exsultate – The call to Holiness April 2018
this exhortation seeks to be a
 practical and useful in modern times,  not an academic text. Its goal is “to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time.” Gaudete et Exsultate encourages us to take inspiration from the ‘Saints next door’ – people who may not be officially canonised but can be decisive in bringing about change.

For a summary click here
For the full text click here

Laudato Si (Praise be to you) – June 2015
In this encyclical, subtitled “On care for our common home”, Pope Francis critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, he laments the destruction of the environment and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action”.
For more information and a summary of the encyclical see ...

 Evangelii gaudium – Nov 2013 subtitled “The Joy of the Gospels” – summary
This encyclical touches on many of the themes of Francis’ papacy, including obligations on Christians help to the poor, and also the duty to establish and maintain just economic, political, and legal orders. Francis asks how “it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? He calls for an “ecclesial renewal” and is critical of the over-centralization of church bureaucracy, poor preaching, and excessive emphasis on doctrine.
For the full text of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Evangelii Gaudium”  (i.e. The Joy of the Gospels) see


For details of other encyclicals see