Extraordinary General Session of the Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014
Family life is the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014.
Around 150 Synod fathers will take part in the meeting to discuss the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” It is expected to last two weeks.
This is only the third ‘extraordinary’ synod since Pope Paul VI reinstituted synods in 1965. According to the Code of Canon Law, an “extraordinary general session” of the synod is held to “deal with matters which require a speedy solution.”
The second stage focusing on this important subject will be the 2015 Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
You can actively participate in the preparation for the Synod by visiting our questionnaire on SurveyMonkey.
On this page you can read the synod’s preparatory document – or Lineamenta.
1980 Synod on the Family
You can also look back on the last Synod of Bishops meeting on the family held in 1980 that resulted in the document Familiaris Consortio.