Pope John Paul II wrote 14 encyclicals during his 26-year pontificate.

Redemptor Hominis (“The Redeemer of Man”), 1979: On Jesus Christ and the dignity his redemption brings to the human race.

Dives in Misericordia (“Rich in Mercy”), 1980: On the meaning of God's mercy.

Laborem Exercens (“On Human Work”), 1981: On workers' rights and dignity marking the 90th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum.

Slavorum Apostoli (“The Apostles of the Slavs”), 1985:  Affirming Eastern Europe's Christian culture in a commemoration of Sts. Cyril and Methodius on the 1,100th anniversary of St. Methodius' death.

Dominum et Vivificantem (“Lord and Giver of Life”), 1986: On the living presence of the Holy Spirit.

Redemptoris Mater (“Mother of the Redeemer”), 1987: On Mary's role in the mystery of Christ and in the Church.

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (“On Social Concerns”), 1987: Social encyclical marking 20th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's social encyclical Populorum Progressio.

Redemptoris Missio (“The Mission of the Redeemer”), 1991: On spreading the Gospel as the central and permanent mandate of the Church.

Centesimus Annus (“The Hundredth Year”), 1991: Social encyclical analyzing communism's collapse on the 100th anniversary of Rerum Novarum.

Veritatis Splendor (“The Splendor of Truth”), 1993: On the foundations of moral theology.

Evangelium Vitae (“The Gospel of Life”), 1995: On abortion, euthanasia, embryonic experiments and other threats to human life.

Ut Unum Sint (“That All May Be One”), 1995: On the importance of striving for Christian unity.

Fides et Ratio (“Faith and Reason”), 1998: On philosophy.

Ecclesia de Eucharistia (“Church of the Eucharist”), 2003:  On the Eucharist and its relationship to the Church.