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A papal bull is a special kind of patent or charter issued by a pope. It is named after the seal (bulla) that is appended to the end to authenticate it.

A papal bull is a special kind of patent or charter issued by a pope. It is named after the seal (bulla) that is appended to the end to authenticate it.

Q) Title page of  1st  printed edition of Exsurge Domine. On 15 June 1520, the Pope warned Luther with a papal bull Exsurge Domine that he risked excommunication unless he recanted 41 sentences drawn from his writings, including the Ninety-five Theses, within 60 days. That autumn, Johann Eck proclaimed the bull in Meissen and other towns.  Luther publicly set fire to the bull at Wittenberg on 10 December 1520. As a consequence, Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X on 3 January 1521

Q) Title page of 1st printed edition of Exsurge Domine. On 15 June 1520, the Pope warned Luther with a papal bull Exsurge Domine that he risked excommunication unless he recanted 41 sentences drawn from his writings, including the Ninety-five Theses, within 60 days. That autumn, Johann Eck proclaimed the bull in Meissen and other towns. Luther publicly set fire to the bull at Wittenberg on 10 December 1520. As a consequence, Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X on 3 January 1521

MASC Featured Item - Papal Bull | WSU Libraries

MASC Featured Item - Papal Bull | WSU Libraries

Human trafficking is the foundation in the construction of the bible.  Papal Bull Dum Diversas  18 June, 1452  “We weighing all and singular the premises with due meditation, and noting that since we had formerly by other letters of ours granted among other things free and ample faculty to the aforesaid King Alfonso -- to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedom...  See More

Human trafficking is the foundation in the construction of the bible. Papal Bull Dum Diversas 18 June, 1452 “We weighing all and singular the premises with due meditation, and noting that since we had formerly by other letters of ours granted among other things free and ample faculty to the aforesaid King Alfonso -- to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedom... See More

1520 – Martin Luther burns his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg's Elster Gate. | Adult Onset Atheist: December 2010

1520 – Martin Luther burns his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg's Elster Gate. | Adult Onset Atheist: December 2010

Papal bull, Pope Alexander VI at the instance of Lady Margaret, confirming the feast of Jesus with indulgences similar to those confirmed for Corpus Christi. 1494 - See more at: http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/st-johns-top-5-papal-bulls-0#sthash.Vs1PgnM1.dpuf

Papal bull, Pope Alexander VI at the instance of Lady Margaret, confirming the feast of Jesus with indulgences similar to those confirmed for Corpus Christi. 1494 - See more at: http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/st-johns-top-5-papal-bulls-0#sthash.Vs1PgnM1.dpuf

View 'The Papal Bull Annulling Magna Carta', a manuscript on the British Library's Magna Carta website.

View 'The Papal Bull Annulling Magna Carta', a manuscript on the British Library's Magna Carta website.

Sorry, But Media Coverage of Pope Francis is Papal Bull.  Nothing new, keep moving along ....

Sorry, But Media Coverage of Pope Francis is Papal Bull

Sorry, But Media Coverage of Pope Francis is Papal Bull. Nothing new, keep moving along ....

Papal bull, Pope Alexander VI at the instance of Lady Margaret, confirming the feast of Jesus with indulgences similar to those confirmed for Corpus Christi. 1494 - See more at: http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/st-johns-top-5-papal-bulls-0#sthash.tJbfjNjA.dpuf

Papal bull, Pope Alexander VI at the instance of Lady Margaret, confirming the feast of Jesus with indulgences similar to those confirmed for Corpus Christi. 1494 - See more at: http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/st-johns-top-5-papal-bulls-0#sthash.tJbfjNjA.dpuf

Vatican may be asked to repeal Papal Bulls of Discovery on 'heathen' aboriginals | CBCNews.ca Mobile

TRC may ask Vatican to repeal the Papal Bulls of Discovery

Vatican may be asked to repeal Papal Bulls of Discovery on 'heathen' aboriginals | CBCNews.ca Mobile

English: The Papal Belvedere by Lucas Cranach the Elder in the 1545 publication of Luther's Depiction of the Papacy. It features a papal bull complete with fire and brimstone, fresh from the hand of Pope Paul III meeting German peasants with farts, fresh from their "belvedere". This is a depiction of typical German behaviour. [Belvedere refers to a building in the Vatican, but also means "beautiful view".]

English: The Papal Belvedere by Lucas Cranach the Elder in the 1545 publication of Luther's Depiction of the Papacy. It features a papal bull complete with fire and brimstone, fresh from the hand of Pope Paul III meeting German peasants with farts, fresh from their "belvedere". This is a depiction of typical German behaviour. [Belvedere refers to a building in the Vatican, but also means "beautiful view".]

Martin Luther 1483-1546 Burning the Papal Bull of Excommunication against him (Dec. 10, 1520), by  Karl Friedrich Lessing

Martin Luther 1483-1546 Burning the Papal Bull of Excommunication against him (Dec. 10, 1520), by Karl Friedrich Lessing

Martin Luther Burning the Papal Bull Thumann Freidrich Paul (1834-1903German) Canvas Art - Thumann Freidrich Paul (24 x 36)

Martin Luther Burning the Papal Bull Thumann Freidrich Paul (1834-1903German) Canvas Art - Thumann Freidrich Paul (24 x 36)