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Documents and Speeches by

Pope Pius XII Details

Documents (119)TypeDateAscending
Dum Gravissimum Italiano (Italian)
First radio message after his election to the See of Peter
Message1939.03.03
Con inmenso gozo español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian)
Radio message to the Spanish faithful

 Spain 

Message1939.04.16
Summi pontificatus / Supreme Pontiff English
On the unity of human society

 peace   Sacred Heart 

Encyclical1939.10.20
Sertum lætitiæ English Italiano (Italian)
On the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the hierarchy in the United States

 USA 

Encyclical1939.11.01
Radio message on the 50th anniversary of the Catholic University of America in Washington Italiano (Italian)

 USA 

Speech1939.11.13
Asperis commoti Italiano (Italian)
To the clergy in the army

 military 

Apostolic Exhortation1939.12.08
To the President of the United States of America Italiano (Italian)

 USA 

Letter1940.01.07
Sæculo exeunte octavo / Eighth Centenary English Italiano (Italian)
On the 8th centenary of the independence of Portugal

 Portugal 

Encyclical1940.06.13
Nosti profecto Italiano (Italian)Apostolic Letter1940.07.06
Norunt profecto Italiano (Italian)
Inviting all people to apply a Mass for world peace on November 24

 war 

Motu Proprio1940.10.27
Mass for peace Italiano (Italian)

 peace 

Homily1940.11.24
Radio message for Pentecost 1941 Italiano (Italian)

 Holy Spirit 

Message1941.06.01
Mystici Corporis Christi / Mystical Body of Christ English français (French) Italiano (Italian)
On the Mystical Body of Christ

 doctrine   ecclesiology 

Encyclical1943.06.29
Divino afflante Spiritu / Inspired by the Divine Spirit English français (French) Italiano (Italian)
On promoting Biblical studies, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Providentissimus Deus

 Bible 

Encyclical1943.09.30
Nella desolazione Italiano (Italian)
Address to war refugees in Rome and to the people of Rome

 war 

Speech1944.03.12
Orientalis Ecclesiæ / Eastern Church English Italiano (Italian)
On the 15th centenary of St. Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria

 saint 

Encyclical1944.04.09
Oggi al compiersi Italiano (Italian)
Radio message on the fifth anniversary of the beginning of war

 war 

Message1944.09.01
Benignitas et humanitas español (Spanish)
Radio message on occasion of Christmas
Message1944.12.24
In cotidianis precibus

 divine office   liturgy 

Motu Proprio1945.03.24
Communium interpretes dolorum / Interpreter of the Universal Anguish English Italiano (Italian)
Appealing for prayers for peace during May

 peace 

Encyclical1945.04.15
Ecco alfine terminata Italiano (Italian)
Radio message for the end of the war in Europe

 peace 

Message1945.05.09
Nell’accogliere español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian)
On the Church's fundamental duty to promote peace

 peace 

Speech1945.06.02
Vacantis Apostolicæ Sedis latine (Latin)
Decreeing that the majority required for the election of a new pope was to be two-thirds plus one

 cardinal   conclave   pope 

Apostolic Constitution1945.12.08
Orientales omnes Ecclesias / All the Eastern Churches English Italiano (Italian)
On the 350th anniversary of the reunion of the Ruthenian Church with the Apostolic See

 Eastern Churches   Ruthenian Church 

Encyclical1945.12.23
Negli ultimi sei anni Italiano (Italian)
On the principles which should inspire future international agreements to ensure lasting peace

 peace 

Speech1945.12.24
Quemadmodum English Italiano (Italian)
On assuming more eagerly at the present time the care of needy children

 children 

Encyclical1946.01.06
L’Elevatezza español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian)
To the new Cardinals on the supranationality of the Catholic Church

 cardinal 

Speech1946.02.20
Stretto il cuore Italiano (Italian)
Radio message calling for collaboration in solving the food shortage crisis

 food 

Message1946.04.04
Instituting the Episcopal Hierarchy in China English

 China   Hong Kong 

Apostolic Constitution1946.04.11
The uniform Italiano (Italian)
To members of the American Red Cross
Speech1946.04.11
Deiparæ Virginis Mariæ / Blessed Virgin Mary English Italiano (Italian)
On the possibility of defining the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a dogma of faith

 Assumption   Mary 

Encyclical1946.05.01
Con la legge
Law for the Tribunal of the Vatican City State

 Vatican City 

Motu Proprio1946.05.01
Ancora una volta Italiano (Italian)
To government officials calling for the repatriation of prisoners
Speech1946.06.01
Vi fu mai Italiano (Italian)
Christmas address to the Roman Curia

 Roman Curia 

Speech1946.12.24
Provida Mater Ecclesia English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)
On secular institutes

 association   religious 

Apostolic Constitution1947.02.02
In the determination Italiano (Italian)
To the new Extraordinary Legate and Plenipotentiary Minister of the Chinese Republic

 China 

Speech1947.02.16
Fulgens radiatur English français (French) Italiano (Italian)
On the 14th centenary of the most holy death of St. Benedict

 saint 

Encyclical1947.03.21
To the President of the United States of America Italiano (Italian)

 USA 

Letter1947.08.26
Mediator Dei / Mediator between God and Men English Italiano (Italian)
On the Sacred Liturgy

 calendar   divine office   Eucharist   liturgy 

Encyclical1947.11.20
Animarum studio Italiano (Italian)
Granting priests the faculty to confess during air travel

 penance   priest 

Motu Proprio1947.12.16
Optatissima pax English Italiano (Italian)
Prescribing public prayers for social and world peace

 peace 

Encyclical1947.12.18
Primo feliciter English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)

 association 

Motu Proprio1948.03.12
Auspicia quædam English Italiano (Italian)
On public prayers for world peace and solution of the problem of Palestine

 peace 

Encyclical1948.05.01
In auspicando super Italiano (Italian)Apostolic Exhortation1948.06.28
Quod Sodales Italiano (Italian)
For the International Congress of the Apostleship of Prayer Society
Letter1948.09.19
Bis sæculari dieApostolic Constitution1948.09.27
In multiplicibus curis English Italiano (Italian)
On prayers for peace in Palestine

 peace 

Encyclical1948.10.24
Gravi ed ad un tempo Italiano (Italian)
Radio message to the faithful for Christmas
Message1948.12.24
Acerrimo Mœrore Italiano (Italian)
To Hungarian Archbishops and Bishops

 Hungary 

Letter1949.01.02
Conflictatio bonorum Italiano (Italian)Apostolic Exhortation1949.02.11
Redemptoris nostri cruciatus / Passion of Our Redeemer English Italiano (Italian)
On the holy place of Palestine

 peace 

Encyclical1949.04.15
Jubilæum maximum Italiano (Italian)
Proclaiming the Jubilee of 1950

 jubilee 

Bull1949.05.26
Sollemnibus documentis Italiano (Italian)
Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land

 Holy Land   peace 

Apostolic Exhortation1949.11.08
Quante volte Italiano (Italian)
Radio message to sick throughout the world

 sick 

Message1949.11.21
Non mai forse Italiano (Italian)
Radio message for the opening of the Jubilee Year
Message1949.12.24
Anni Sacri / The Holy Year English Italiano (Italian)
On a program for combatting atheistic propaganda throughout the World

 doctrine 

Encyclical1950.03.12
Vix Undecimus Italiano (Italian)
To the Religious Fathers of the Society of Jesus

 Jesuits 

Letter1950.03.12
Summi mæroris English Italiano (Italian)
On public prayers for peace

 peace 

Encyclical1950.07.19
Humani generis English français (French) Italiano (Italian)
On some false opinions threatening to undermine the foundations of Catholic doctrine

 Bible   doctrine   evolution 

Encyclical1950.08.12
Menti nostræ / Our Mind English Italiano (Italian)
On the development of holiness in priestly life

 priest 

Apostolic Exhortation1950.09.23
Munificentissimus Deus English Italiano (Italian)
On glorifying Mary with the Assumption into heaven in soul and body

 Assumption   Mary   papal infallibility 

Apostolic Constitution1950.11.01
Sponsa Christi / Spouse of Christ español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)

 religious 

Apostolic Constitution1950.11.21
Mirabile illud / Admirable Prodigy English Italiano (Italian)
On the crusade of prayer for peace

 peace 

Encyclical1950.12.06
Un Anno Italiano (Italian)
Radio message for Christmas at the end of the Holy Year
Message1950.12.23
Evangelii præcones English Italiano (Italian)
On promotion of Catholic missions

 mission 

Encyclical1951.06.02
To the first Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the Holy See español (Spanish)

 Philippines 

Speech1951.06.04
Sempiternus Rex Christus / Christ the Eternal King English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian)
For the 15th centenary of the Council of Chalcedon
Encyclical1951.09.08
Ingruentium malorum English Italiano (Italian)
On reciting the rosary

 Mary   rosary 

Encyclical1951.09.15
Impensiore caritate Italiano (Italian)Apostolic Letter1951.10.28
Un'ora di serena to Cardinals, Representatives of Foreign Nations and members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Italiano (Italian)

 evolution   science 

Speech1951.11.22
Cupimus Imprimis / 《我們切願聲明》牧函 Italiano (Italian)
On the Catholic Church in China

 China 

Apostolic Letter1952.01.18
La famiglia è la culla español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian)
Radio message on the occasion of the celebration of 'Family Day'

 family 

Message1952.03.23
Veritatem facientes Italiano (Italian)Apostolic Letter1952.03.27
Sacro vergente anno Italiano (Italian)
On Consecrating Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 Russia 

Apostolic Letter1952.07.07
To the participants of the World Congress of Astronomy Italiano (Italian)

 astronomy 

Speech1952.09.07
To the participants of the National Scientific Congress on Athletics and Sports Italiano (Italian)

 sports 

Speech1952.11.08
Valde solliciti latine (Latin)
Modified the cardinals' vestments

 cardinal   vesture 

Motu Proprio1952.11.30
Orientales Ecclesias English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On the condition of the Eastern Churches

 Eastern Churches 

Encyclical1952.12.15
Christus Dominus / Christ the Lord English
Concerning the discipline to be observed with respect to the Eucharistic fast

 fasting   Holy Communion 

Apostolic Constitution1953.01.06
Doctor mellifluus English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On the 12th centenary of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the last of the Fathers

 saint 

Encyclical1953.05.24
Fulgens corona / The Radiant Crown English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On proclaiming a Marian Year to commemorate the centenary of the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception

 jubilee   Mary 

Encyclical1953.09.08
Rapiti dal fulgore Italiano (Italian)
Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Feast of the Presentation of Mary during the Marian Year

 Mary 

Speech1953.11.21
Il popolo, che abitava Italiano (Italian)
Radio message to Christian politicians for the promotion of the union of European peoples

 Europe 

Message1953.12.24
Radio message on the occasion of the Fifth Interamerican Congress of Catholic Education español (Spanish)

 education 

Message1954.01.12
Sacra virginitas / Holy Virginity English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On consecrated virginity

 virgin 

Encyclical1954.03.25
Ecclesiæ fastos English Italiano (Italian)
For the 12th centenary of St. Boniface

 saint 

Encyclical1954.06.05
Non è forse Italiano (Italian)
Radio message to television viewers connected for the first time with England, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Italy

 Europe   television 

Message1954.06.06
On the occasion of the Second National Marian Congress of Bolivia español (Spanish)

 Bolivia   Eucharistic Congress 

Letter1954.08.13
Ad Sinarum gentem / To the Chinese People / 《致中華人民》通諭 English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On the supranationality of the Church, sufferings of the Church in China

 China 

Encyclical1954.10.07
Ad Cæli Reginam / To the Queen of Heaven English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On proclaiming the Queenship of Mary

 Mary 

Encyclical1954.10.11
Ecce ego declinabo Italiano (Italian)
Radio message to the whole world for Christmas
Message1954.12.24
Au moment Italiano (Italian)
Address to members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

 science 

Speech1955.04.24
Ci torna sommamente Italiano (Italian)
Address to representatives of the world of cinematography gathered in Rome

 movie 

Speech1955.06.21
Vous avez voulu español (Spanish)
Address to participants in the 10th International Congress of Historical Sciences

 history 

Speech1955.09.07
Con la più viva
Radio message on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the discovery of Radiotelegraphy by Guglielmo Marconi

 communication 

Message1955.10.11
En vous souhaitant Italiano (Italian)
Address to the General Assembly of the European Union of Broadcasting in Rome

 communication 

Speech1955.10.21
Nel dare Italiano (Italian)
Address to workers in the field of cinematography participating in the International Congress in Rome

 movie 

Speech1955.10.28
To cadets of the Naval Military Academy of Spain español (Spanish)

 military   Spain 

Speech1955.11.17
Col cuore aperto Italiano (Italian)
Radio message to the whole world for Christmas
Message1955.12.24
Musicæ sacræ / Sacred Music English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On sacred music

 liturgy   music 

Encyclical1955.12.25
Address on moral and religious dictates concerning natural painless childbirth español (Spanish)

 bioethics 

Speech1956.01.08
Haurietis aquas English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

 Sacred Heart 

Encyclical1956.05.15
Vous nous avez español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian)
Address to participants of the Second World Congress on fertility and sterility

 bioethics 

Speech1956.05.19
Dum mærenti animo Italiano (Italian)
On the Persecuted Church in Eastern Europe

 Europe 

Apostolic Letter1956.06.29
Luctuosissimi eventus / Sorrowful Events English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On urging public prayers for peace and freedom for the people of Hungary

 Hungary   peace 

Encyclical1956.10.28
Lætamur admodum English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On renewing exhortation for prayers for peace for Poland, Hungary and the Middle East

 Hungary   peace   Poland 

Encyclical1956.11.01
Datis nuperrime English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On lamenting the sorrowful events in Hungary and condemning the ruthless use of force

 Hungary   peace 

Encyclical1956.11.05
Radio message to the Magyar people Italiano (Italian)

 Hungary 

Message1956.11.10
Radio message to participants in the 2nd National Eucharistic Congress of the Philippine Islands English español (Spanish)

 Eucharistic Congress   Philippines 

Message1956.12.02
Proclaiming St. Claire as Patronness Saint of Television français (French)

 communication   saint   television 

Apostolic Letter1957.02.14
Sacram Communionem / Holy Communion English
Extending permissions granted by the Apostolic Constitution 'Christus Dominus'

 Mass 

Motu Proprio1957.03.19
Fidei donum English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On the present condition of the Catholic missions, especially in Africa

 Africa   mission 

Encyclical1957.04.21
Invicti athletæ English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On St. Andrew Bobola

 saint 

Encyclical1957.05.16
Pilgrimage to Lourdes / Le Pèlerinage de Lourdes English français (French) Italiano (Italian)
On warning against materialism on the centenary of the apparitions of Lourdes

 Lourdes   Mary 

Encyclical1957.07.02
Miranda prorsus English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On cinemas, radios and televisions

 communication   radio   television 

Encyclical1957.09.08
To the Institute of Women Catechists español (Spanish)

 catechesis 

Speech1957.10.17
Ad Apostolorum Principis / At the Tomb of the Prince of the Apostles / 《宗徒之長》通諭 English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On communism and the Church in China

 China   communism 

Encyclical1958.06.29
Meminisse iuvat English Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)
On prayers for the persecuted Church

 peace 

Encyclical1958.07.14
Radio message to participants in the First World Conference on Health Care español (Spanish)

 health 

Speech1958.07.27

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