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Pope Leo XIII’s ten encyclicals on the Rosary

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 09, 2019 | In Research Links

Did you know that Pope Leo XIII, whose pontificate lasted from 1878 until 1903, issued no fewer than ten encyclicals on the Rosary? Some others mention the Rosary, such as his encyclicals on devotion to St. Joseph and on the Confraternity of the Rosary. But these ten actually have the Rosary itself as their main subject. We have them all in our library; you will find the links below.

Pope St. Pius V initiated public papal writing on the Rosary back in 1569 in the very brief document Consueverunt Romani (the current “encyclical” form was not developed until 1740). It was St. Pius who prayed the Rosary to ensure the Catholic victory over the invading Moors at Lepanto in 1571.

In addition, six more popes wrote major documents on the Rosary in the twentieth century.


  1. Supremi Apostolatus Officio (On Devotion Of The Rosary) 1883
  2. Superiore Anno (On The Recitation Of The Rosary) 1884
  3. Vi E Ben Noto (On The Rosary And Public Life) 1887
  4. Octobri Mense (On The Rosary) 1891
  5. Magnae Dei Matris (On The Rosary) 1892
  6. Laetitiae Sanctae (Commending Devotion To The Rosary) 1893
  7. Iucunda Semper Expectatione (On The Rosary) 1894
  8. Adiutricem (On The Rosary) 1895
  9. Fidentem Piumque Animum (On The Rosary) 1896
  10. Diuturni Temporis (On The Rosary) 1898

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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