About the Synod on the Amazon
What is the synod?
Pope Francis has invited bishops to travel to Rome in order to discuss the Amazon and its people. This gathering, or synod, is officially titled “The Amazon: new paths for the Church and for integral ecology.” See more information in the official Synod website.
“The Synod of the Amazon is a sign of the times when the Holy Spirit opens new paths that we discern through a mutual dialogue among all the people of God.”
The synod is guided by two documents: the preparatory document and the working document, or instrumentum laboris.
The preparatory document includes a list of questions that were discussed with local communities in the Amazon, to ensure the synod responds to local expertise and concerns.
The instrumentum laboris takes wisdom from these conversations and from the millennia-old teaching of the Church to guide the synodal fathers’ discussions.