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How do I reference an encyclical letter (Papal document) in APA style?

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In APA, encyclicals and other Church documents are cited according to the type of publication. Use the APA instructions in the Referencing guide for "Books" if the encyclical is a stand-alone publication or the section for "Web Resources" if the document is found online.

The author of a papal document is the name of the pope but do not use the title "Pope" before the name. 

Here is an example of a printed encyclical:

Here is an example of an encyclical found online:

In-text references for the above reference list examples would look like this:

(Benedict XVI, 2005)

(John XXIII, 1961)

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