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An apostolic exhortation is a type of communication from the pope, the head of the Catholic Church. It usually encourages a community of people to undertake a particular activity but does not define Church doctrine. It is considered lower in formal authority than a papal encyclical, but higher than other ecclesiastical letters, apostolic letters and other papal writings.
Apostolic exhortations are commonly issued in response to an assembly of the Synod of Bishops, in which case they are known as post-synodal apostolic exhortations.
- Africae munus (The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace)
- Catechesi Tradendae (Catechesis in Our Time, 1979, Pope John Paul II)
- Christifideles laici (Christ’s Faithful People, 1988, Pope John Paul II)
- Ecclesia in America (The Church in America, 1999, Pope John Paul II)
- Ecclesia in Asia (The Church in Asia, 1999, Pope John Paul II)
- Ecclesia in Europa (The Church in Europe)
- Evangelii gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel, 2013, Pope Francis)
- Evangelii nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern Age, 1975, Pope Paul VI)
- Familiaris consortio (The Christian Family in the Modern World, 1981, Pope John Paul II)
- Pastores gregis (For the Hope of the World)
- Pastores dabo vobis (Shepherds After My Own Heart, 1992, Pope John Paul II)
- Reconciliatio et paenitentia (Reconciliation and Penance, 1984, Pope John Paul II)
- Redemptoris custos (Guardian of the Redeemer, 1989, Pope John Paul II)
- Sacramentum caritatis (The Sacrament of Love, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI)
- Verbum Domini (The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI)
- Vita consecrata (Consecrated Life)
- Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family, 2016, Pope Francis)
- Gaudete et exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad, 2018, Pope Francis)
- Christus vivit (Christ is alive) 2019, Pope Francis
- "Africae Munus: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace (19 November 2011) | BENEDICT XVI". Vatican.va. Retrieved 2015-09-03.