Vita Consecrata
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Vita Consecrata
Vita consecrata
Latin for 'The consecrated life'
Apostolic exhortation of Pope
Coat of arms of Pope John Paul II
Signature date25 March 1996
SubjectOn the consecrated life and its mission in the Church and in the world
Number9 of 15 of the pontificate

Vita consecrata is an apostolic exhortation written by Pope John Paul II, published on 25 March 1996. The exhortation is a post-synodal document. Its sub-title is "On the consecrated life and its mission in the Church and in the world".

In the consecrated life, individuals commit themselves to the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. Their lives testify to the values of the Kingdom of God.[1][2] The profession of chastity, poverty and obedience rejects the idolatry of anything created and points to God as the absolute good.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Dulles SJ, Avery (2009). Evangelism for the Third Millennium. Paulist Press.
  2. ^ Avery Dulles SJ, referring to para. 87-92 of Vita Consecrata
  3. ^ Matthew 19:21 and Vita Consecrata, Para 87

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