Study Groups for questions raised in the First Session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishopsto be explored in collaboration with the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia


Work outline

1. In according with the task that had been entrusted to it, the First Session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 2023) addressed questions that had emerged from the People of God during the consultation and listening phase of the Synod 2021-2024. The aim of the First Session was to continue focusing on steps that “the Spirit invites us to take in order to grow as a synodal Church”[1] . The outcomes of the First Session’s work are collected in the Synthesis Report (SR), grouping them around twenty nuclei. Each chapter of the SR is dedicated to one of these nuclei, highlighting the areas of convergence, issues still to be addressed, and proposals.

[1] GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF THE SYNOD, For a Synodal Church. Communion, participation, mission. Preparatory Document (2021), n. 2.


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Letter from the Holy Father Francis to His Eminence Card. Mario Grech, dated 22 February 2024, in which he asks the Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Synod to be the guarantor of the work of the study groups "according to an authentically synodal method" and to the General Secretariat to "prepare the outline of the work to specify the mandate of the groups in the light of my indications".

The original Letter in Italiano is also available in ENG, ESP,  FRA e POR.