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Documents (44)TypeDateDescending
Rescript on the Canons and Coadjutor Canons of Saint Mary Major Italiano (Italian)Decree2024.03.19
Rescript on the duties of the Office of the Auditor General Italiano (Italian)Decree2023.04.26
Rescript on the regulation of the Control Commission for the project for the renewal of the barracks of the Pontifical Swiss Guard Italiano (Italian)Decree2022.09.02
Rescript on the administration and management of financial activities and liquidity Italiano (Italian)Decree2022.08.23
Restricting the private celebration of the Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Italiano (Italian)Decree2021.03.12
Report on the Holy See’s institutional knowledge and decision-making related to former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick English Italiano (Italian)Document2020.11.10
Pastoral guidelines concerning the civil registration of clergy in China English Italiano (Italian)


Rescript on the changes to the statutes of Financial Security CommitteeDecree2016.04.04
Rescript establishing the Pontifical Commission for the Activities of the Health Sector of Public Jurists of the Church Italiano (Italian)Decree2015.12.12
Statutes of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors English Italiano (Italian)Document2015.04.21
On the resignation of Diocesan Bishops and of Officials by papal appointment français (French) Italiano (Italian)

 bishop   cardinal   Roman Curia 

To Chinese Catholics English Italiano (Italian)


On the 8ᵗʰ Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives English


On the protection of the figure of the Pope English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)


To all the Priests of the Catholic Church in the People’s Republic of China English Italiano (Italian)

 China   priest 

Curial Letter2009.11.10
To the Italian Minister of Labour on the occasion of the G8 Social Summit Italiano (Italian)


Concerning the four prelates of the Society of Saint Pius X English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)


To bishops of China


Curial Letter2008.04.22
On poverty, trade and development to the member States of the UN Conference on Trade and Development English


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 English


Joint Declaration2008.04.16
On the prayer used on Good Friday English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)


On cluster munitions français (French)


Explanatory Note on the Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)


For the celebration of World Water Day 2007 English français (French) Italiano (Italian)


For the European Meeting for the Youth of the Taizé Community français (French)


For the 11ᵗʰ Public Session of the Pontifical Academies English español (Spanish) Italiano (Italian)


For the Second Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region English français (French)


For the participants in the 22ⁿᵈ National Congress of the Union of Catholic Middle School Teachers of State and Private Schools (UCIIM) English Italiano (Italian)


For the General Chapter of the Passionists English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)


For the International Congress for Catholic Television English español (Spanish)

 communication   television 

For the Continental Pastoral Marian Meeting español (Spanish)


Statement regarding the Holy Father’s address at the University of Regensburg English español (Spanish) français (French) Italiano (Italian)


Adhesion of the Holy See to the protocol on explosive remnants of war English


Entrusting the exercise and custody of all deeds and documents of the Supreme Pontiff and the Holy See to the Vatican Publishing House English Italiano (Italian)Decree2005.05.31
On human cloning English

 bioethics   cloning 

Ethical Guidelines for International Trade English


On the Iraqi conflict English Italiano (Italian)

 Iraq   war 

On the conferment of papal honours Italiano (Italian)

 papal honour 

General Regulations of the Roman Curia Italiano (Italian)

 Roman Curia 

General Regulations of the Roman Curia Italiano (Italian)

 Roman Curia 

Secreta continere
On pontifical secrecy
Normæ de promovendis ad Episcopatum in Ecclesia latina Italiano (Italian)
Norms on the appointment of bishops


Ut sive sollicite English latine (Latin)
On the vesture, titles and coat-of-arms of cardinals, bishops and lesser prelates

 bishop   cardinal   insignia   vesture 

The Lateran Treaty / Patti Lateranensi English
Treaty between the Holy See and Italy

 Vatican City 


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