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Issued in a.d. 2008

Letter

To Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach on the occasion of the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.01.10)

(related to Society of Jesus (Jesuits))

 Jesuits 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

For the 16th World Day of the Sick (2008)

(World Day of the Sick 2008)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.01.11)

 sick 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese) Hrvatski (Croatian) slovenčina (Slovak)

Letter

To the Diocese of Rome on education

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.01.21)

 education   Rome 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

For the 42nd World Communications Day (2008)

(World Communications Day 2008)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.01.24)

 communication 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese) Hrvatski (Croatian)

Letter

To the Patriarch of Antioch for Syrian Catholics

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.01.25)

 Syrian Church 

English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Decree

Granting a special faculty for the celebration of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle in the Jubilee Year bimillennium of his birth

(Year of St. Paul)

by Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Details (2008.01.25)

 St. Paul 

English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) latine (Latin)

Document

Responses to questions on the validity of baptism with certain formulas

by Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Details (2008.02.01)

 baptism 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese) latine (Latin)

Message

For the 12th Day of Consecrated Life (2008)

(World Day for Consecrated Life 2008)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.02.02)

 religious 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Note

On the prayer used on Good Friday

by Secretariat of State Details (2008.02.04)

 Triduum 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

To the Bishops of Cuba on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Journey of John Paul II

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.02.20)

(related to Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Cuba (C.O.C.C.))

 Cuba 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Declaration

Final Declaration of Annual Meeting of the Joint Committee for Dialogue of the Permanent Committee of Al-Azhar for Dialogue among the Monotheistic Religions and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

by Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue Details (2008.02.26)

 inter-religious dialogue 

English

Letter

To the Salesian Rector Major, on the occasion of the 26th Salesian General Chapter

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.03.01)

(related to Salesians of Saint John Bosco (Salesians))

 Salesians 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Letter

For the funeral mass for Chiara Lubich, foundress of the Focolare Movement

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.03.18)

 Focolare 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

Urbi et Orbi Message for Easter Sunday 2008

(Triduum 2008)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.03.23)

 Easter 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese) Hrvatski (Croatian)

Message

Video-Message to Catholics and people of the United States of America on the occasion of the upcoming Apostolic Journey to USA

(Apostolic Journey to the USA and Visit to the United Nations)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.04.08)

 USA 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Letter

For the International Study Seminar promoted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on the theme: 'Disarmament, development, and peace. Perspectives for holistic disarmament'

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.04.10)

(related to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace)

 war 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Letter

For the 1st centenary of Frat

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.04.12)

 France 

English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

To the Jewish community on the occasion of the feast of Pesah

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.04.14)

 Jews 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Joint Declaration

Joint declaration between the Holy See and the Office of the President of U.S.A. after the private meeting between Benedict XVI and George W. Bush

(Apostolic Journey to the USA and Visit to the United Nations)

by Secretariat of State Details (2008.04.16)

 USA 

English

Note

On poverty, trade and development to the member States of the UN Conference on Trade and Development

by Secretariat of State Details (2008.04.20)

 trade 

English

Curial Letter

To bishops of China

by Secretariat of State Details (2008.04.22)

 China 

Message

To the Buddhists for the Feast of Vesakh 2008

by Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue Details (2008.04.29)

 Buddhists 

English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese) 日本語 (Japanese) 한국어 (Korean) 正體中文 (Traditional Chinese)

Joint Declaration

Joint declaration of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation (Tehran, Iran) at the conclusion of the 6th Colloquium

by Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue Details (2008.04.30)

(related to Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue)

 Muslims 

English

Decree

Special Indulgences conceded for the 2000th year of the birth of St. Paul the Apostle

(Year of St. Paul)

by Apostolic Penitentiary Details (2008.05.10)

 indulgence   St. Paul 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese) latine (Latin)

Message

On the occasion of the 97th Deutscher Katholikentag

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.05.11)

 Germany 

English Deutsch (German)

Message

For World Day for Missions 2008

(World Mission Sunday 2008)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.05.11)

 mission 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Instruction
The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church
The service of authority and obedience

by Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life Details (2008.05.11)

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese)

Instrumentum laboris

12th Ordinary General Assembly - 2008

(12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops)

by Synod of Bishops Details (2008.05.11)

 Bible   synod 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese) latine (Latin)

Letter

To Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.05.19)

 Russia   Russian Orthodox Church 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Curial Letter

For the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests 2008

(World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests 2008)

by Congregation for Clergy Details (2008.05.30)

 priest 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese)

Letter

For the 3rd American Missionary Congress (CAM3) and the Eighth Latin American Missionary Congress (COMLA8)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.06.02)

 mission 

English español (Spanish) Português (Portuguese) latine (Latin)

Message

To participants in the 'High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy', organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.06.02)

 food 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Letter

Letter to delegates and all those attending the Seventh General Assembly of the Catholic Biblical Federation

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.06.12)

 Bible 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Letter

Letter to Card. Camillo Ruini, Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.06.19)

 Rome 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Motu Proprio
Antiqua ordinatione

Promulgating proper law for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.06.21)

(related to Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura)

latine (Latin)

Message

To young people for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress

(49th International Eucharistic Congress (Québec, Canada))

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.06.21)

 Eucharistic Congress 

English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Decree

Indulgences conceded for the 23rd World Youth Day

(World Youth Day 2008 (Sydney))

by Apostolic Penitentiary Details (2008.06.28)

 indulgence   youth 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese) latine (Latin)

Document
Reform of the Higher Institutes of Religious Sciences

by Congregation for Catholic Education (for Seminaries and Educational Institutions) Details (2008.06.28)

 education 

English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Curial Letter

To the Bishops' Conferences on the use of the sacred tetragrammaton as 'The Name of God'

by Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Details (2008.06.29)

 Bible 

Document

Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and Formation of Candidates for the Priesthood

by Congregation for Catholic Education (for Seminaries and Educational Institutions) Details (2008.06.29)

 seminary 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

Video-message to the members of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.06.30)

(related to Conferencia Episcopal de Colombia)

 Colombia 

English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Document

Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2009

(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2009)

by Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Details (2008.06.30)

 ecumenism 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Português (Portuguese)

Message

To the people of Australia and to the young pilgrims taking part in World Youth Day 2008

(World Youth Day 2008 (Sydney))

(Apostolic Journey to Sydney, Australia)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.07.04)

 Australia   youth 

English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Letter

For the 'Day of the Holy See' at Expo Zaragoza 2008

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.07.10)

 water 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

For Sea Sunday 2008

(Sea Sunday 2008)

by Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People Details (2008.07.13)

 sea 

Letter

For the 30th anniversary of the death of Pope Paul VI

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.07.26)

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

For the 95th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (2009)

(95th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2009)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.08.24)

 migrant 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese)

Document

Why the Concept of Brain Death is Valid as a Definition of Death

by Pontifical Academies of Sciences Details (2008.09)

 pro-life 

English

Message

SMS Message to the young people, fifty days after the celebration of the final Mass on the occasion of World Youth Day 2008

(World Youth Day 2008 (Sydney))

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.09.08)

 Australia   youth 

English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian)

Instruction
Dignitas Personæ

On certain bioethical questions

by Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Details (2008.09.08)

 bioethics 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese) Nederlands (Dutch)

Message

To the Muslims for the Feast of Ramadan 2008

by Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue Details (2008.09.19)

 Muslims 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese) Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) Hausa (Hausa) Kazakh (Kazakh) Nederlands (Dutch) Türkmen (Turkish) български език (Bulgarian) (български език) русский язык (Russian) ไทย (Thai) Kiswahili (Swahili) Persian (Persian)

Message

To the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.09.22)

 Russian Orthodox Church 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

To participants in the International Congress entitled 'Humanae Vitae: A Topical and Prophetical Encyclical Letter'

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.10.02)

 pro-life 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Liturgical Book
Missale Romanum (2008)
Roman Missal (2008)

editio typica tertia emendata

by Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Details (2008.10.06)

 liturgy   Mass 

Message

For the 28th World Food Day (2008)

(World Food Day 2008)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.10.13)

 food 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Liturgical Booklet

Vespers for the 12th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

(12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops)

by Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff Details (2008.10.18)

latine (Latin)

Message

At the conclusion of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

(12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops)

by Synod of Bishops Details (2008.10.24)

 Bible   synod 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)

Relatio Synodi

Final List of Propositions of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

(12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops)

by Synod of Bishops Details (2008.10.25)

 Bible   synod 

Italiano (Italian)

Liturgical Booklet

Conclusion of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

(12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops)

by Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff Details (2008.10.26)

latine (Latin)

Apostolic Letter

For the 7th centenary of the death of blessed John Duns Scotus

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.10.28)

 saint 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese) latine (Latin)

Message

To participants in the International Conference on the theme 'The Second Vatican Council in the Pontificate of John Paul II'

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.10.28)

 Vatican II 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

To the Hindus on the Feast of Diwali 2008

by Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue Details (2008.10.28)

 Hindus 

English français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

For the 13th Public Session of the Pontifical Academies

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.11.24)

(related to Pontifical Council for Culture, Pontifical Council for Culture)

 academy 

Italiano (Italian)

Message

To the Ecumenical Patriarch on the occasion of the Feast of St. Andrew

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.11.26)

 Ecumenical Patriarchate 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Letter

To the President of the Republic of Chile on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Pontifical Mediation in solving the controversy between Argentina and Chile

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.11.29)

 Argentina   Chile 

English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Letter

To the President of the Republic of Argentina on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Pontifical Mediation in solving the controversy between Argentina and Chile

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.11.29)

 Argentina   Chile 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Liturgical Booklet

Vespers on the first Sunday of Advent

by Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff Details (2008.11.29)

latine (Latin)

Message

On the occasion of the Study Day on 'Dialogue between Cultures and Religions'

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.12.03)

 culture 

Italiano (Italian)

Message

On the occasion of the death of His Holiness Alexy II, Patriarch of Moscow and of All the Russias

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.12.05)

 Russian Orthodox Church 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese)

Message

For the celebration of World Day of Peace 2009

(World Day of Peace 2009)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.12.08)

 peace 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese) Hrvatski (Croatian)

Message

For Lent 2009

(Lent 2009)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.12.11)

 Lent 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese) Hrvatski (Croatian) Nederlands (Dutch) română (Romanian) русский язык (Russian) 正體中文 (Traditional Chinese)

Message

Urbi et Orbi Message for Christmas 2008

(Christmas Octave 2008)

by Pope Benedict XVI Details (2008.12.25)

 Christmas 

English Deutsch (German) español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian) polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese) Hrvatski (Croatian)

Decree

Plenary indulgence conceded for the 6th World Meeting of Families, held in Mexico City

(6th World Meeting of Families (Mexico City, Mexico))

by Apostolic Penitentiary Details (2008.12.28)

 family   indulgence 

English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian) Português (Portuguese) latine (Latin)

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