Documents and news releases

Synthesis Report from the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
Released October 2023

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Next Step in the synodal process: The Continental Phase
The Diocese of EriE-news provides the latest update of the years-long preparation for the October 23 Synod on Synodality in Rome. Read about the continental level of work and the six representatives from the Diocese of Erie who took part in it.

Draft of document being prepared for the Synod on Synodality shared with facilitators (6.21.22)

Overview from Catholic News Service 10.11.21

Preparatory document released

Catholic News Service shares ideas on “avoiding pitfalls” in the process 10.11.21

Pope Francis offers his thoughts on the Synod to the people of the Diocese of Rome 9.20.2021

Vatican releases guidance for Dioceses to begin Synodal path 9.12.2021

For those interested in delving more deeply into the Synod, its goals and processes, the following links have been made available from the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Official website of the Synod
Synod 2021 - 2023

Documents about the Synod:

1. Preparatory document from the Vatican
Documento-Preparatorio-EN-21.pdf (

2. The official handbook for listening and discernment in local churches (dioceses):
The First Phase [October 2021 – April 2022]