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 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 … 

Urbi et Orbi 2016 – Pope Francis’ Christmas message  Pope Francis reminds us that the power of this Child, Son of God and Son of Mary, is not the power of this world,  it is the power of love.  It is the power God. Click here for the full text

Apostolic Letter Misericordia et misera – Nov 2016
Pope Francis reminds us that though the Year of Mercy has closed the door of mercy within out hearts should remain open to others. Also he says we still need God’s infinite mercy.  Read the full text

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