England and Wales

Cardinal welcomes Instrumentum laboris for October’s Synod

(The Catholic Church).

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has issued a statement welcoming the Instrumentum laboris, the working document that will guide the work of the second session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod that will be held in Rome from 2 – 27 October. The title of this Instrumentum laboris is significant: How to be a missionary, Synodal, Church. The themes underlying the document are summed up in those two words: to be missionary and Synodal. This is a welcome document which has clarity of purpose, firmness of foundations, refreshing perspectives and concrete pathways for development.