Instrumentum laboris

Instrumentum laboris (Latin for working instrument) is the official working document for the First Session of the XVI General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishop. The Assembly will be asked to read and respond to the document, which synthesises the voices of the Synodal process and invites the participants to respond to certain key areas.

Synthesis Report

In the late afternoon of Saturday 28 October 2023, the members of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops adopted the following Synthesis Report.

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Address of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Opening of the Synod

The address given by Pope Francis on 9 October 2021, opening the Synod 2021-2024, inviting the Universal Church to begin a period of communion, participation and mission, guided by the Holy Spirit.

The Adsumus Prayer

The Adsumus prayer is the prayer of invocation to the Holy Spirit for an ecclesial assembly of governance or discernment. The prayer asks for the Holy Spirit to guide the decisions of the people and will be used regularly at the Assembly.

Synod Retreat Meditation: 'Hoping Against Hope'

The spiritual reflections provided by Fr Timothy Radcliffe from the Synod retreat, have now been compiled into 1 resource.

Australian Synthesis Report for the Continental Stage

This document reflects the synthesised voices of the Australian Catholic Church following the Diocescan phase of the Synod.

Oceania Response to the Working Document for the Continental Stage

This document reflects the voices of the People of God in Oceania in response to the Working Document for the Continental Stage. It includes a Pastoral Reflection by the bishops of Oceania gathered at the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO) Assembly in Fiji (5-10 February 2023), on what they have heard from their people.