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Presently Encyclical means a letter sent by the Pope to all Roman Catholic bishops, usually a statement of policy or announcing a new initiative. Originally it was a letter or epistle for general circulation. The word comes from Latin "encyclia" meaning "general" or "encircling". It is also the origin of the word "encyclopedia" as in Wikipedia.

Important encyclicals

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