(Brief). Called Litterae Apostolicae in Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Less formal papal release than bull* or encyclical* but often dealing with important matters (honorary privileges, beatification). Usually written in Lat., signed by secy. of briefs, and sealed (or stamped) with the papal signet ring (see Ring of the Fisherman).
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