Living Wage Encyclicals

A Papal Encyclical is a circular letter which is written by a Pope to an audience of bishops and is intended to guide them in their ministry. Here you will find the Encyclicals with a focus on Social Teaching.

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A Papal Encyclical is a circular letter which is written by a Pope to an audience of bishops and is intended to guide them in their ministry. Every encyclical is made publicly available for the spiritual benefit of all the people of God. Here you will find the Encyclicals with a focus on Social Teaching they are available below as PDF downloads.

Rerum Novarum (1891)
Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on Capital and Labor

Quadragesimo Anno(1931)
Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on Reconstruction of the Social Order

Mater et Magistra (1961)
Encyclical of Pope John XXIII on Christianity and Social Progress

Laborem Exercens (1981)
Encyclical letter by Pope John Paul II on Human Work

Centesimus Annus (1991)
Encyclical letter by Pope John Paul II on The Hundreth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum