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Launch of Synod Instrumentum Laboris

Source: General Secretariat of the Synod for the Bishops

Over the past few weeks, a large number of people from various parts of the world and with different expertise have been meeting to draft the Instrumentum Laboris (IL), the working instrument for the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

This important text that will animate all the work of the October assembly will be presented at a press conference on Tuesday 20 June at 14.30 (Rome time).

The presentation will be broadcast live on Vatican media channels with simultaneous translation into Italian, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

The speakers will be:

- His Eminence Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the General Secretariat of the Synod;
- His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, archbishop of Luxembourg; general rapporteur of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops;
- Father Giacomo Costa, SJ, Consultor of the General Secretariat of the Synod.

Brief testimonies on the preparation of members for the October Assembly and the possible use of the Instrumentum Laboris by local groups will be presented by

- Helena Jeppesen-Spuhler, Lenten Fund (Switzerland) member of the Swiss delegation to the Continental Assembly in Prague;
- Fr Rafael Simbine Junior, Secretary General of SECAM (remotely)
- Sr Nadia Coppa, ASC, President of the UISG.

Immediately following the the Instrumentum Laboris will be available in various languages and formats on the official website of the General Secretariat of the Synod ( along with other material.

While the IL is primarily a document for the participants of the October assembly, it is also a valuable tool for individual groups at the diocesan and national levels to continue their journey of reflection and discernment on how we walk together as a Church; and to carry out ecclesial initiative.

To watch the presentation on Tuesday 20 June at 14.30 (Rome time).see:


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