Pope Francis has called for an Extraordinary Synod to take place 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” and how best to re-propose the centrality of matrimony and the transmission of faith in the home within the proclamation of the Gospel in our contemporary society.

Please see on the link below, a paper from the Synod of Bishops, regarding the meeting of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops due to be held in Rome, 5th-19th October 2014 on the theme Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation.

The Secretariat has asked that the Document be shared immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received regarding the themes and responses to the questionnaire, as well as any helpful statistics, for the preparation of the Instrumentum laboris.

Download the document here.

Click here to read the statement from the Irish Bishops conference.


You can forward your responses to [email protected] for inclusion or complete the form below.