Synod of the Americas

On Sunday, November 16, 1997, Pope John Paul II formally opened the special synod of the Americas. This Synod, which concluded on December 12th, 1997, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, brought together 41 cardinals, 98 bishops, and 76 priests from North and South America, and the Roman Curia. Following are the most significant documents of the Synod. The final  document of the Synod, the Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America (The Church in America),  was issued Saturday, 23 January, 1999, by the Holy Father at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.


Lineamenta (the working document sent to the bishops prior to the convening of the Synod)

Message of the Synod (the concluding message of the Synod bishops from 1997)

Apostolic Exhortation: Ecclesia in America 



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Synod Of The Americas