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Definition a letter from the pope sent to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
  • an encyclical letter
  • His third encyclical is titled "Charity in Truth".
  • "What you gonna do," Eliot says, "hand them a papal encyclical?"
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Years later, facing the firing squad, Arcadio would remember the trembling with which Melquiades made him listen to several pages of his impenetrable writing, which of course he did not understand, but which when read aloud were like encyclicals being chanted.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • At that instant the smoking mouths of the rifles were aimed at him and letter by letter he heard the encyclicals that Melquiades had chanted and he heard the lost steps of Santa Sofia de la Piedad, a virgin, in the classroom, and in his nose he felt the same icy hardness that had drawn his attention in the nostrils of the corpse of Remedios.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Fascinated by the discovery, Aureliano, read aloud without skipping the chanted encyclicals that Melquiades himself had made Arcadio listen to and that were in reality the prediction of his execution, and he found the announcement of the birth of the most beautiful woman in the world who was rising up to heaven in body and soul, and he found the origin of the posthumous twins who gave up deciphering the parchments, not simply through incapacity and lack of drive, but also because their...
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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