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.”

Instrumentum Laboris

Key documents

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.

“Today the Church . . . has the historic opportunity to differentiate itself clearly from the new colonizing powers by listening to the Amazon peoples.”

Instrumentum Laboris

Video perspectives

CIDSE, the international alliance of Catholic development agencies, and REPAM, the Pan-Amazonian episcopal network, have collaborated on the creation of 17 short interviews about the synod with leading Catholic thinkers. They are available with languages subtitled