encyclical

adjective
en·cyc·li·cal | \in-ˈsi-kli-kəl, en-\

Definition of encyclical 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: addressed to all the individuals of a group : general

encyclical

noun

Definition of encyclical (Entry 2 of 2)

: an encyclical letter specifically : a papal letter to the bishops of the church as a whole or to those in one country

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The conference will be a follow-up to the pope's encyclical three years ago calling on people to save the planet from climate change and other environmental ills, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed Friday. Nicole Winfield And Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Pope summons oil executives to Vatican to talk climate change," 2 June 2018 The Pope has made climate change a cornerstone of his papacy, saying in an encyclical letter that the science around the topic is clear and that the Catholic Church should view it as a moral issue. Fortune, "Pope Francis Will Meet With Oil Company CEOs to Discuss Climate Change," 1 June 2018 Pope Paul also wrote the controversial 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the church’s traditional prohibition of artificial birth control. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis to Make El Salvador’s Oscar Romero a Saint," 19 May 2018 The pope’s message and the encyclical, basically guidance to clergy and the faithful on key environmental issues, were applauded by the crowd. Lucien Chauvin, Washington Post, "Pope brings environmental crusade to Peru’s Amazon, citing ‘defense of the earth’," 19 Jan. 2018 In a 2015 encyclical letter, Francis backed the conclusion of scientists who argue that human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels, is a major contributor to climate change. Adriana Leon, latimes.com, "Cardinal defends pope but says his comments were ‘of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy’," 21 Jan. 2018 In Rome, a senior cardinal, Peter Turkson, has called for just war teaching to be abolished and has said the pope could write an encyclical letter, a major papal document, reorienting the church’s position on the matter. Christopher Lamb, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis is reshaping what it means to be 'pro-life'," 14 Oct. 2017 Catholic teaching has also sometimes endorsed a right to medical care, as in the 1963 encyclical Pacem in Terris. Ramesh Ponnuru, Twin Cities, "Ramesh Ponnuru: ‘Right to health care’ is wrong argument," 4 June 2017 The environment and caring for the Earth are key issues for the Pope, who penned an encyclical on climate change in 2015. Maya Rhodan, Time, "Pope Francis: Protecting the Environment Is the ‘Responsibility of Everyone’," 5 June 2017

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So much enthusiasm followed the Pope’s encyclical, with parish communities really personalizing the mission to care for creation. Chuck Gibson, Cincinnati.com, "Catholic communities honored for ‘Care of Our Common Home’," 21 June 2018 Cardinal Peter Turkson , who spearheaded the encyclical, set up the June 8-9 conference with the executives. Nicole Winfield And Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Pope summons oil executives to Vatican to talk climate change," 2 June 2018 Morlino said, pointing to Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humane Vitae, which addressed the Catholic Church’s teachings on sexuality and contraception. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Speaker urges graduates to be 'politically incorrect' in era of cry closets and safe spaces," 29 May 2018 Despite a 1981 affirmation of the warning, the last four popes have approvingly cited de Chardin, including Pope Francis in his landmark environmental encyclical Laudato Si. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Meet the Scientist in Michael Curry's Royal Wedding Sermon," 19 May 2018 Since becoming the bishop of Rome, the pontiff has published an apostolic exhortation deeply critical of unfettered capitalism, repeatedly offered vocal support for immigrants and produced an encyclical calling for action on climate change. Jack Jenkins, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis is still popular, but warm feelings waning among conservatives, survey finds," 7 Mar. 2018 Pope Francis sparked a media frenzy in 2015 with the release of his second encyclical, Laudato Si. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt vs. The Pope," 27 Feb. 2018 What was so special about John Paul II’s encyclical on the rosary? Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Why the Rosary, Why Now?," 30 Sep. 2017 Pope Francis has long been an advocate for the environment, even devoting a 2015 encyclical, Laudato si’, to the issue of climate change. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Pope Francis Does Not Have Time for Climate-Change Deniers," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of encyclical

Adjective

1647, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for encyclical

Adjective

Late Latin encyclicus, from Greek enkyklios circular, general, from en in + kyklos circle — more at in, wheel

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English Language Learners Definition of encyclical

: an official letter from the Pope to the Roman Catholic bishops

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