A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.
Generally speaking, all documents issued by the Holy See. Formerly papal bulls and briefs were apostolic letters. Since St. Pius X, only documents in brief form used for lesser appointments, erecting or dividing mission territory, designating basilicas, and approving religious congregations are so designated.
All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.