A circular letter; now almost exclusively a papal document, differing in technical form from a Bull or Brief, treating of matters affecting the general welfare of the Church and addressed explicitly to the patriarchs, primates, archbishops, and bishops of the Universal Church in communion with the Apostolic See.

MLA Citation

  • “encyclical”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 September 2010. Web. 16 June 2021. <http://catholicsaints.info/encyclical/>