Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Instrumentum Laboris for the October Synod

The working document for the Synod of Bishops in October: The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church, is now ready. (AsiaNews)
Presented today in the Vatican, the Instumentum is an 80-page volume that aims, in its various dimensions, as expressed by Archbishop Nikola Eterović, secretary general of the synod of bishops, to "foster understanding and love of the Word of God", in the certainty that this can "promote ecclesial communion, foment the universal vocation to salvation, reinvigorate the mission to those near and those far away, and renew the ingenuity of charity, seeking to contribute to the discovery of solutions to the many problems of contemporary man, who is hungry both for bread and for every word that comes from the mouth of God (cf. Mt. 4:4). More concretely, the aim of the synod, according to the Instrumentum laboris, is above all of a pastoral and missionary nature". This is a matter of affirming "the need to give primacy to the word of God in the life and mission of the Church" and also to find "the courage and creativity of a pedagogy of communication that is suited to the times", considering "the culture, the contexts of contemporary life, the world of communications" and its instruments, including the newest ones.
The full-text of the Instrumentum is online in several languages at the Vatican website.

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