The Instrumentum Laboris for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation was published yesterday by the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. The working document is based on responses to questions on marriage and the family set out in the Synod’s Preparatory Document which was distributed worldwide in November 2013. The extensive material submitted to the General Secretariat is presented in the document ‘to promote the dialogue and development expected to take place during the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.‘
Between 5-19 October 2014 around 150 Synod fathers will consider three main areas under discussion in the Church:
- how the Gospel of the Family can be preached in the present-day
- how the Church’s pastoral care programme for the family might better respond to the new challenges today
- how to assist parents in developing a mentality of openness to life and in upbringing their children.