Index of Contents

(click on item of interest)


Chapels and Basilicas

The Holy See (general)

Major departments of the Holy See

Pontifical Councils

Some other institutions

Vatican Library

Information and media services

Some Academic Institutions

Features of Interest


Some embassies to the Holy See

Some documents of the Holy See

Documents from some pontifical Councils

Some Documents from the Congregation for the Clergy

Some documents from the Pontifical Council for Migrants

Documents from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith




Chapels and Basilicas

St. Peter's

Sistine Chapel

St. John Lateran

St. Paul's Outside the Walls

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The Holy See (general)

The Vatican's daily blog

The Holy See (Rome) (general link to the Holy See)

Useful Information (Vatican site)

The Vatican State (diplomatic life)

Saint Peter's Basilica

The Vatican City State (Vatican site for tourist information etc)

The Cardinals of the Catholic Church

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 Major departments of the Holy See

Secretariat of State of the Holy See

The Congregation for the doctrine of the faith (declarations on doctrinal matters)

The International Theological Commission (published declarations)

The Congregation for the Clergy (declarations, teleconferences, library, documents)

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints (Lists and biographies of saints)

The Congregation for Worship and the Sacraments (declarations)

Cardinal Arinz webcast (with a link to a YouTube version)

The Congregation for Catholic Education - Universities and Seminaries

      Dossier on the Congregation for Catholic Education 2008

  The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

The Congregation for Bishops

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Pontifical Councils

The Pontifical Councils

Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

Pontifical Council for Culture

Pontifical Council for Christian Unity

Pontifical Council for Social Communications

Pontifical Council Cor Unum (charities)

Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care

Pontifical Council for the Family

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (texts)

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Vatican website

Pontifical Council for the Laity

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Some other institutions

Pontifical Academy for Life (Bioethics, etc)

The Roman Rota (Tribunal for judgments on marriages, etc)

The Apostolic Penitentiary (Indulgences, etc)

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Vatican Library

The Vatican Library

The Vatican Secret Archives

Access to some historical files in the Vatican (mainly in Italian)

The Vatican Museums

Vatican Museum

Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums


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Information and media services

The Vatican's daily blog

Vatican Information Service

L'Osservatore Romano (Daily Italian edition)

L'Osservatore Romano (Weekly edition in English)

Vatican Radio (when it opens to the home page, click on 'English' link)

The Vatican Publishing House and Bookstore

Addresses given on behalf of the Holy See to various bodies (March 2006-Nov. 2009)

Further addresses given on behalf of the Holy See (from November 2009)

The Holy See and the Press 

Vatican Philatelic Society

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Some Academic Institutions

The Pontifical University of St Thomas in Rome (The Angelicum)


The Vatican Observatory

Vatican Observatory facility in Arizona, USA

Information notice about the Vatican Observatory facility in Arizona, USA


Cardinal Van Thuan International Institute for the Social Doctrine of the Church

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Features of interest

The Papal Swiss Guard

The Papal Apartments

The Vatican Switchboard

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The Christian Catacombs of Rome

The diocese of Rome

(The Pope's own diocese - site in Italian)

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United States embassy to the Vatican (U.S. embassy site)

The Australian Embassy to the Holy See

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Some Documents of the Holy See

Index to offices and documents of the Holy See (including papal encyclicals)

Documents of the Pope and Holy See in the original Latin

Papal Encyclicals Online

The Catholic Church's Social Teaching (official texts)

Messages and Addresses from the Holy See to Islam

Popular Piety and Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines (Congregation for Worship and Sacraments, 2001)

Instruction on Authority and Obedience in Religious Life (Congregation for Religious, 2008)

Decree lifting Excommunication from traditionalist bishops (Congregation for Bishops, Jan 2009)

Cardinal Tauran of Holy See On Interreligious Dialogue (April 2008)

Reform of Higher Institutes of Religious Sciences (Congregation for Catholic Education

On the Society of St Pius X and the Shoah (Secretariat of State, Feb 2009)

Clarification on Abortion (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, July 2009)

Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and Complementary Norms (Nov. 2009)

Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus (Vatican site, November 2009)

Complementary Norms for Anglicanorum Coetibus (Vatican site, CDF, Nov. 2009)

Vatican Statement on the Legionaries of Christ (May, 2010)

Letter to China (Congregation Evangelization of Peoples) July 2010

What the Cardinals believe


Proceedings of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Middle East (October 2010)

Holy See's Response to the Irish Cloyne Report 2011


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Documents from some Pontifical Councils

The Fight against Corruption (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, October 10, 2006)

Where Is Your God? Unbelief and Indifference today (Pontifical Council for Culture: March 2004)

On Priesthood and those with homosexual tendencies (Congregation for Catholic Education, Nov.2005)

On Catholic Teachers of Medicine (July 2007) (Pontifical Council of Health Care Ministry)

The Church's Regulations on Marriage Annulments (Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts)

We Remember: A Reflection On The Shoah (March 1998) (O
n Religious Relations with Jews)

The Via Pulchritudinis (2006) Pontifical Council for Culture

Catholic Education and Evangelizing Mission of the Church (Sept 2009, Congr. Cath. Education)

Instruction on the Implementation of the Extraordinary Rite (“Universae Ecclesiae”) 2011


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Documents of the Congregation for the Clergy

The Year of the Priest (2009-2010)

Document On Priestly Sanctification (Congregation for the Clergy - June 2005)

The Parish Priest as Pastor and Leader of the Parish (Congregation for the Clergy)

Cardinal Hummes' Letter to Priests (January 2007) (Congregation for the Clergy)

Letters on the Sanctification of the Clergy (2008 and 2009) and Note on Eucharistic Adoration (Congregation for Clergy, December 2008)

On Sanctification of the Clergy (Feast of the Sacred Heart 2008) (Congreg. for the Clergy)

The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy (Congregation for the Clergy, 2011)

Letter of Encouragement to Rectors of Shrines (Congregation for Clergy, August 15, 2011)


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Some documents from the Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples

Church's Strategy to help Women of the Street  (Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples)

Pastoral Aspects of Tourism  (Conclusions of meeting convened by Pontifical Council for Migrants, Dec 2006)

On the Pastoral Care of the Road (June 2007) - Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples

Message to the maritime world (Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers, June 2007)

On the Pastoral Care of the Homeless (November 26-27, 2007) (Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers)

The Pastoral Care of Gipsies (Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, 8 December 2005)

Message for World Tourism Day 2010 (Council for Migrants and Travelers)


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Some documents from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Men and Women in the Church and the World (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith)

On Giving Legal Recognition to Unions between homosexual persons   (CDF - Card.Ratzinger)

On Catholic Politicians receiving Holy Communion (Cardinal Ratzinger CDF)

On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons (CDF Cardinal Ratzinger 1986)

On the validity of baptism conferred by the Mormons (CDF - Cardinal Ratzinger, 5 June 2001)

"The Hope of Salvation for Infants who die without being baptized" (International Theological Commission 2007)

Responses to some Questions regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine of the Church
(CDF, June 29 2007: "Subsisting in the Catholic Church")

Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization (CDF December 2007)

On Patients in a Vegetative State: artificial nutrition and hydration (CDF, August 1, 2007)

On the Community of the Divine Innocence (USA) (CDF, September 2007)

Notifications on Vassula Ryden (Congreg. for the Doctrine of the Faith) 1995 and 2007

On Valid forms of Baptism (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Feb 1, 2008)

On the Human Person, Image of God (CDF International Theological Commission, 2004)

On the Attempt to Ordain a Woman (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2008)

Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans wishing to enter the Church (CDF, October 2009)

Guide to understanding procedures for sexual abuse allegations (reissued 2010)

Norms addressing Gravioribus Delictis (July 2010)

CDF note on the reference to condoms in Light of the World by Benedict XVI

Guidelines on Addressing the Abuse of Minors (CDF, May 2011)

Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles, Criteria (International Theological Commission, 2012)


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