BASIC R.C. BELIEF
An encyclical (or papal bull) is a letter addressed to the bishops of the
world from the Pope. It contains admonitions and instructions, and is
thought to be binding, although few theologians ascribe infallibility to an
encyclical. However, Roman Catholic writers have equated papal encyclicals
to the Apostolic epistles of the Bible. The title of an encyclical
(circular letter) is the first two words in Latin.
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