Instrumentum laboris

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

New Instrumentum Laboris focuses on how to implement goals of Synod on Synodality

Jul 9, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Pope Francis leads the Synod on Synodality delegates in prayer on Oct. 25, 2023.

Vatican to publish Instrumentum Laboris for October’s Synod on Synodality meeting

Jul 3, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Building of the general curia of the Jesuit order on Borgo Santo Spirito, Rome.

UPDATE: Theologians hold closed-door meeting in Rome on guidance document for October synod

Jun 5, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

The June 4–13 closed-door gathering of experts in theology, ecclesiology, and canon law is being held at the Jesuit general... Read more

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.

Synod on Synodality leaders: Full list of delegates for October assembly still under review

Jun 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The June 20 media briefing was held at the Holy See Press Office to present the synod’s Instrumentum Laboris, a... Read more

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

Synod on Synodality document outlines discussion questions for October assembly

“Discernment” topics include women deacons, priestly celibacy, and greater decision-making by the “People of God.” Read more

Synod on Synodality logo

Committee begins writing Synod on Synodality working document behind closed doors

Apr 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

A committee of 22 people started the writing process for the synod’s working document that will be the blueprint for... Read more

The Synod of Bishop at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2018.

Synod on Synodality: Vatican reveals framework for next stage of discussions

Oct 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares, Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican revealed on Thursday the outline that will guide the next stage of discussions in the Synod on Synodality. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the opening of the Amazon synod Oct. 7, 2019.

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

Oct 7, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his opening remarks for the Amazon synod Monday, Pope Francis said the assembly’s working document is meant to be... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Full text of Cardinal Mueller's analysis on the working document of the Amazon synod

Jul 16, 2019

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012 and 2017, presented... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Cardinal Mueller criticizes 'false teaching' on revelation in Amazon synod doc

Jul 16, 2019

That the working document for October’s Synod of Bishops calls the Amazon region a source of revelation is a “false... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Archbishop Chaput shares theological critique of youth synod prep document

Sep 23, 2018

Archbishop Charles Chaput offered Friday on First Things a critique by a theologian of the working document for the upcoming... Read more