Catechesi tradendae

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Catechesi tradendae
Latin for 'Catechesis in Our Time'
Apostolic exhortation of Pope John Paul II
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Signature date16 October 1979
Number1 of 15 of the pontificate

Catechesi tradendae [1] (Catechesis in Our Time) is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope John Paul II, published October 16, 1979, on the topic of catechesis in the contemporary period.


The exhortation is addressed to the bishops, clergy and faithful of the whole Church. See Section IX, "The Task Concerns Us All".

This document was used to conclude the Fourth General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops held in Rome in 1977 under pope Paul VI, with the theme 'Catechesis in Our Time', with particular reference to the catechesis of children and young people. The work of drafting this document was initiated by Pope Paul VI, based on documents of the Synod Fathers, continued by John Paul I and completed by John Paul II. [2]


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  1. John Paul II. (1979). Catechesi tradendae. Vatican: Holy See
  2. "Apostolic Exhortation on Catechesis in Our Time". University of Dayton server. Archived from the original on 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
  3. Catechesi Tradendae §5
  4. Catechesi Tradendae §15