October 5-19, 2014, Vatican City
The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization
To evaluate challenges faced by families today and to collect the bishops’ experiences and proposals in proclaiming and living the Gospel of the Family in a credible manner
The III Extraordinary General Assembly (Synod 2014) was intended to “thoroughly examine and analyze the information, testimonies and recommendations received from the particular Churches in order to respond to the new challenges of the family.”
November 2013: Preparatory Document
Provided a basic catechesis on the Gospel of the Family, and requested input from the world's bishops on nine questions about the current state of pastoral care for marriages and families:
Results of the consultation achieved via the Preparatory Document’s questionnaire; provided a substantive reflection on the major challenges facing the family today, and outlined the topics that would be discussed at the Extraordinary General Assembly
From the conclusion: "To come to some idea of how to respond to the new demands in the People of God, the following three main areas are under discussion in the Church:
October 2014: Relatio Synodi (final report)
Final report of the results of reflections and discussions in three parts:
191 Synod Fathers, 16 experts, 38 auditors (including 14 couples from all the continents), and eight delegates from other Christian denominations.
Canada was represented by Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian bishops’ conference.
Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation, was named by the Holy See as press secretary for English-speaking media during the Synod.