vatican synod


07/10/2012 7:30 pm

Catholic Bishops

7 - 28 October 2012, Vatican City

Three hundred Catholic Bishops from around the world came together in Rome for the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to reflect on the theme of "The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith". A Synod is an international meeting of bishops.

Ahead of the Synod, Pope Benedict XVI said it represented a moment to examine the journey that has been made in terms of spreading the Gospel in the modern day and to resume with fresh impetus the urgent work still to be done in evangelising today’s world.

Synod Father

The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, was appointed a Synod Father by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Representatives

Two Bishops represented England and Wales at the Synod:

Bishop Kieran Conry
Arundel and Brighton

Bishop Michael Campbell OSA

Synod Experts

Dr Petroc Willey
Deputy Director
Maryvale Institute, Birmingham

Petroc Willey BD, PhD, STL, PhD (Lateran) is a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelisation.

Dr Caroline Farey
Acting Director
Bachelor of Divinity programme
Maryvale Institute, Birmingham

Caroline Farey is Academic Assistant to the Director for Ecclesiastical Development, Head of Catechetical Formation, Course Director BA Applied Theology (Catechesis), Course Director License in Catechetics and a Reader in Catechetics.


This is a summary document prepared ahead of the Synod. Lineamenta means "outline" in Latin and the Holy See invites each country's Episcopal Conference to submit its response. The lineamenta helps provide the framework for reflection and discussion. 

Synod on New Evangelisation: Lineamenta 522.96 kB

Instrumentum laboris

Here is the Instrumentum Laboris - the working document of the upcoming Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops meeting focusing on The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.

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