Read the Vatican's Instrumentum Laboris, the agenda for the Synod

In preparation for the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which will take place October 5-19, 2014, the Vatican has released an outline of the Synod called in a document called Instrumentum Laboris.


The Instrumentum Laboris is based on the responses to the questions on marriage and family in a Vatican Consultation preparatory document which was distributed worldwide in the fall of 2013 to archdioceses and dioceses around the world. The consultation was not a public opinion poll but instead was intended to be a prayerful reflection and responses to the challenges facing family life.

Instrumentum Laboris consists of three parts:

  1. Dedication to and Communicating the Gospel to the family
  2.  Pastoral challenges inherent to the family
  3. Themes linked to the openness to life and parental responsibility in upbringing

The topics which are not included in the Instrumentum Laboris will be treated in the Ordinary General Assembly of 2015.


The complete Instrumentum Laboris is available on the Vatican’s website. Please click here to view Instrumentum Laboris


In announcing Instrumentum Laboris Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, General Secretary, also announced that given the importance of the Synod, a Day of Prayer for the Synod will be held on Sunday, September 28, and the Eucharist will be celebrated every day during the work of the Synod in the Salus Populi Romanii Chapel in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.

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