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Elaboration for Definition of Apostolic Exhortation
"An apostolic exhortation is a magisterial document written by the pope. One could argue it ranks third in importance, after apostolic constitutions and encyclicals.
It's essentially a pastoral message the pope sends out to Catholics to highlight key points about a particular issue.
Usually the Pope writes apostolic exhortations after consulting with bishops who participate in relevant synods. But that's not always the case.
An apostolic exhortation establishes a clear direction for Catholics to critically address issues that are being discussed within the Church and in modern society."
Source: https://www.romereports.com/en/2018/04/02/what-is-an-apostolic-exhortation/ Tkctwbd (talk) 13:37, 28 July 2019 (UTC)
This article does not cite any sources for its claims regarding the nature and authority of apostolic exhortations. Does anyone know where to find an official Vatican document that explains the nature and authority of apostolic exhortations? PluniaZ (talk) 14:38, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
A criterion for "notable exhortations" : Within past several decades
The article has a "no precise inclusion criteria" marker at the top of the "Notable Exhortations" section. Here's a start on criteria.
Of those listed, if they have Wikipedia articles, they have dates. The earliest is 1975. As this article is improved in the future, someone might rename this section "Notable Exhortations Since 1974" or something similar. For Wikipedia readers, an important criterion for notability is: Is this exhortation's date within the past several decades?
Also, I suppose that an official or near-official Catholic website is maintained, which lists the "Apostolic exhortations" (of which there may have been thousands over the centuries, I don't know) and a link to that website might be good to add. Oaklandguy (talk) 02:44, 22 June 2015 (UTC)