Working document now available for the October 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family

Friday, July 4, 2014

The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops has released the working document (“Instrumentum Laboris”) for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Its theme is The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. The document was released this past June 26 during a Vatican press conference.

During the press conference, there were presentations by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, and Relator General of the III Extraordinary General Assembly; Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris and Delegate President; Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto, Italy, Special Secretary; and Professors Francesco Miano and Pina De Simone. A summary of the presentations was published by Vatican Information Service the same day.

CCCB Publications will publish a print edition of the Instrumentum Laboris, which is expected to be available around mid-August. The print edition is intended to facilitate personal study of the text, as well as its use by diocesan personnel and others involved in pastoral ministry for married couples and families.

Links to the complete text of the Instrumentum Laboris

– English,

– French,