A Study of Mary in Magisterial Documents


List of the documents used in this study:©

Since Vatican II, the Catholic Church has provided rich sources of teachings about Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. The Mary Page has studied the magisterial writings listed below according to themes that surface in the documents. The themes provide materials to aid in preparation of homilies and research topics. The themes are found at:

List of Marian Themes Found in Magisterial Documents

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The Documents

listed according to date Lumen Gentium 8
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
21 November 1964
LG
Mense maio - The Month of May
Encyclical Letter
Pope Paul VI
29 April 1965
MM
Mysterium Fidei
Encyclical Letter on Eucharistic Doctrine and Worship
Pope Paul VI
3 September 1965
MF
Christi Matri
Encyclical: The Rosary During October an Urgent Appeal for Peace
Pope Paul VI
15 September 1966
CMR
Signum Magnum
Apostolic Exhortation on Venerating and Imitating the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and Model of All Virtues
Pope Paul VI
13 May 1967
SM
Solemnis Professio Fidei
The Creed of the People of God
Pope Paul VI
30 June 1968
SPF
Recurrens Mensis October
Apostolic Exhortation on the Recurrence of the Month of October
Pope Paul VI
7 October 1969
RMO
Directorium Catechisticum Generale
General Catechetical Directory
Sacred Congregation for the Clergy
18 March 1971
DCG/GCD
Basic Teachings for Catholic Religious Education
The National Council of Catholic Bishops
11 January 1973
BT
Behold Your Mother: Woman of Faith
A Pastoral Letter on the Blessed Virgin Mary
National Conference of Catholic Bishops
21 November 1973
BYM
Marialis Cultus
Apostolic Exhortation for the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Pope Paul VI
2 February 1974
MC
Gaudete in Domino
Apostolic Exhortation - on Christian Joy
Pope Paul VI
9 May 1975
GD
Sharing the Light of Faith
National Catechetical Directory for Catholics of the United States
US National Council of Catholic Bishops
March 1979
SLF
Redemptor Hominis
Encyclical on the Redeemer of Man
Pope John Paul II
4 March 1979
RH
Catechesi Tradendae
Apostolic Exhortation on Catechesis in Our Time
Pope John Paul II
16 October 1979
CT
Dives in Misericordia
Encyclical on the Mercy of God
Pope John Paul II
30 November 1980
DM
A Concilio Constantinopolitano I
Apostolic Letter for the 1600th Anniversary of the First Council of Constantinople and the 1550th Anniversary of the Council of Ephesus
Pope John Paul II
25 March 1981
EPH
Dominum et Vivificantem
Encyclical Letter on the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World
Pope John Paul II
18 May 1986
DeV
Redemptoris Mater
Encyclical Letter on the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Life of the Pilgrim Church
Pope John Paul II
25 March 1987
RM
Orientation and Proposals for the Celebration of the Marian Year
The Congregation of Divine Worship
Paul Augustine Cardinal Mayer
3 April 1987
OPMY
The Virgin Mary in Intellectual and Spiritual Formation
Letter from the Congregation for Catholic Education
25 March 1988
ISF
Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 1988
Mary in the Life of the Priests
Pope John Paul II
25 March 1988
Priests88
Litterae Encyclicae
Letter to All Consecrated Persons Belonging to Religious Communities and Secular Institutes on the Occasion of the Marian Year
Pope John Paul II
Pentecost
22 May 1988
LE
Mulieris Dignitatem
Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women on the Occasion of the Marian Year
Pope John Paul II
15 August 1988
MD
Redemptoris Custos
Apostolic Exhortation on the Person and Mission of Saint Joseph in the Life of Christ and of the Church
Pope John Paul II
15 August 1989
RC
Guidelines on Doctrine for Catechetical Materials
National Council of Catholic Bishops
1990
GDCM
Veritatis Splendor
Encyclical on the Splendor of Truth
Pope John Paul II
6 August 1993
VS
Tertio Millennio Adveniente
Apostolic Letter on Preparation for the Jubilee of the Year 2000
Pope John Paul II
10 November 1994
TMA
Catechism of the Catholic Church
English translation, 1994, United States Catholic Conference

Fidei Depositum Apostolic Constitution on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Pope John Paul II
11 October 1992
CCC


Evangelium Vitae,
On the Gospel of Life
Pope John Paul II
25 March 1995
EV
Orientale Lumen
The Light of the East
Pope John Paul II
2 May 1995

Ut Unum Sint
Encyclical That They May Be One
Pope John Paul II
30 May 1995
OR + UUS


Letter to Women - Beijing Conference
Apostolic Letter
Pope John Paul II
29 June 1995
LWB
Vita Consecrata
Apostolic Exhortation on the Consecrated Life
Pope John Paul II
25 March 1996
VC

Novo Millennio Ineunte
Apostolic Letter at the Close of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000
Pope John Paul II
6 January 2001
NMI

Ecclesia in Oceania
Apostolic Exhortation on Jesus Christ and the Peoples of Oceania: Walking His Way, Telling His Truth, Living His Life
Pope John Paul II
22 November 2001
EO


Rosarium Virginis Mariae
Apostolic Letter on the Most Holy Rosary
Pope John Paul II
16 October 2002
RVM
Ecclesia de Eucharistia
Encyclical Letter on the Eucharist in its Relationship to the Church
Pope John Paul II
17 April 2003
EE


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