The items on this page can provide basic biographical and historical information about popes and the Papacy. For documents or books written by a particular Pope, please consult the CLICsearch. Most works are listed under Papal names. For example, works by Joseph Ratzinger will be attributed to Benedict XVI, Pope, even if they were written before he became Pope.
For Papal documents, try the Vatican Website and sets of monographs listed below. For more recent encyclicals in paper format, search CLICsearch. For texts and commentary on recent ones, try the Vatican Web site and use our online theological databases. For older articles try using the historic Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (CPLI) in Ireland Library's Reference Room to locate articles in the Osservatore Romano, Origins, or other Catholic publications.
Pope Saint Gregory the Great.
(76 Popes have been canonized as saints.)
Apostolicae Sedis is the official, polyglot chronological commentary on the
actions of the popes.