This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Apostolic exhortation" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (January 2020) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

An apostolic exhortation is a magisterial document written by the pope. Some experts regard it as third in importance among papal documents, after apostolic constitutions and encyclicals.[1] Exhortations generally encourage a particular virtue or activity. Apostolic exhortations are frequently issued following a Synod of Bishops, in which case they are known as post-synodal apostolic exhortations. They do not define Church doctrine and are not considered legislative.[2]

Examples of apostolic exhortations

Pope Pius XII

Pope Paul VI

Pope John Paul II

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Francis


  1. ^ San Martín, Inés (6 April 2018). "A new 'apostolic exhortation' is coming. What is that, anyway?". Archived from the original on 2020-01-27. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  2. ^ Song, Connie. "LibGuides: Catholicism - General Resources: Papal documents". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  3. ^ "Africae Munus: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace (19 November 2011) | BENEDICT XVI". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  4. ^ "Loreto: Pope signs Apostolic Exhortation to young people - Vatican News". 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Visit of the Holy Father Francis to Loreto".
  6. ^ "Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Francis, "Querida Amazonia"".
  7. ^ Pope Francis (2023-10-04). "Laudate Deum". Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Retrieved 4 October 2023.