The Synod of Bishops is an international gathering of bishops at the Vatican. Bishops meet at the Pope’s request to provide counsel on important questions currently facing the Church, in a manner that preserves the Church’s teaching.
In 2014 and 2015, Pope Francis welcomed bishops, clergy and lay experts from around the world for two Synods focused on issues relating to the family and evangelization. These were important moments of dialogue, reflection and consultation for our global family of faith. The results of these two events are brought together in the apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love).