Instrumentum laboris

Bishops process into St. Peter's Basilica for the closing Mass of the first assembly of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 29, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

New Instrumentum Laboris Focuses on How to Implement Goals of Synod on Synodality

Jul 9, 2024

“Without tangible changes, the vision of a synodal Church will not be credible,” the Instrumentum Laboris, or “working tool,” says.

Pope Francis leads the Synod on Synodality delegates in prayer on Oct. 25, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican to Publish Instrumentum Laboris for October’s Synod on Synodality Meeting

Jul 3, 2024

The Instrumentum Laboris, or “working tool” for the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, will be presented July 9.

Building of the general curia of the Jesuit order on Borgo Santo Spirito, Rome. / Credit: Boubloub, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Theologians Hold Closed-door Meeting in Rome on Guidance Document for October Synod

Jun 5, 2024

The June 4–13 closed-door gathering of experts in theology, ecclesiology, and canon law is being held at the Jesuit general curia down the street from the Vatican.

Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea of Bamenda Archdiocese in Cameroon. Credit: ACI Africa

Delegates to Synod on Synodality to Give “no room for distraction”: Archbishop in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2023

Delegates to the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops are not to give “room for distractions” during the meeting scheduled to begin on October 4, a Catholic Bishop in Cameroon has told ACI Africa.     

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

SECAM Seminar to Prepare Delegates from Africa for October Synod in Rome

Aug 11, 2023

For three days starting August 15, participants from Africa who will take part in the upcoming Synod on Synodality assembly in October will be meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to gain “a deep knowledge and clear understanding” of the details of the Synod.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich (right), relator general of Synod on Synodality, speaks to the media on June 20, 2023, at the temporary headquarters of the Holy See Press Office in Vatican City. Beside him is Cardinal Mario Grech, the Secretary General for the Synod of Bishops. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Synod on Synodality Leaders:Full List of Delegates for October Assembly still Under review

Jun 21, 2023

Organizers of the Synod on Synodality on Tuesday announced a change of venue for the upcoming synodal assembly of bishops and other delegates being held in October but said that the full list of those participating in the monthlong event is still being prepared.

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

Having “clear understanding” of Synod Working Document among Aims of Planned SECAM Seminar

Jun 20, 2023

Having “a deep knowledge and clear understanding” of Instrumentum Laboris, the working document for the XVI Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops popularly known as the Synod on Synodality, is one of the aims of a planned seminar targeting African delegates.

The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican Synod Hall on Oct. 3, 2018. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Synod on Synodality Document Outlines Discussion Questions for October Assembly

Jun 20, 2023

In advance of a pivotal October assembly on synodality, a new Vatican document released Tuesday outlines key questions for what now promises to be a wide-ranging discussion on Pope Francis’ vision of a more inclusive, decentralized, and “listening” Church.

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

Committee Begins Writing Synod on Synodality Working Document Behind Closed Doors

Apr 12, 2023

A committee of 22 people this week kicked off the writing process for the Synod on Synodality’s working document that will be the blueprint for discussions during the meeting of bishops in October. 

The Synod of Bishop at the Vatican, 5 October 2018. | Vatican Media.

Synod on Synodality: Vatican Reveals Framework for Next Stage of Discussions

Oct 27, 2022

The Vatican revealed on Thursday a key document to guide the next stage of discussions in the Synod on Synodality. 

Pope Francis speaks at the opening of the Amazon synod Oct. 7, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Holy Spirit is 'main actor' of Amazon synod, pope says in opening remarks

Oct 7, 2019

In his opening remarks for the Amazon synod Monday, Pope Francis said the assembly’s working document is meant to be “destroyed” as the starting point of the work of the Holy Spirit, who he prays will guide the synodal process.