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Providentissimus Deus

(Latin: Most Provident God) The encyclical, beginning a new approach to Catholic biblical studies, issued by Pope Leo XIII in 1893, reiterating the beliefs that the Church is the only true interpreter of Sacred Scripture. This letter, called the "Magna Carta of Biblical Studies," states that God is the author of Scripture and that He influenced the intellect and will of the human writers. Experts are encouraged to use biblical tools in the study of Scripture and are to become familiar with the ancient languages used in Scripture. Pope Leo XIII exhorted the faithful to read Scripture "with reverence and piety."

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