Introduction

Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014

Family life will be 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.

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.

Our online survey providing the questions of the Holy See's quesionnaire on the family has now CLOSED.

Instrumentum Laboris

Working Document

A working document for the upcoming Synod of the Family. This will take place at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014.Read more

Lineamenta

Preparatory Document

The Lineamenta - or preparatory document - for the 2014 extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops on the family gives more information on the Vat...Read more

Contacts

Diocesan Contacts

Below you will find a list of the Diocesan contacts for the Synod consultation along with the closing date for responses. The online Vatican Synod consultati...Read more

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1980 Family Synod

On 22 November 1981, the Apostolic Exhortation on the Christian Family in the Modern World, Familiaris Consortio, was published. To mark the 30th anniversary in 2011, the Marriage and Family Life Project Office has prepared a multimedia archive examining the Synod of Bishops on the Family in 1980 whose deliberations inspired the content and structure of Familiaris Consortio. Read more