The New Evangelization - Oceania


Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
for Oceania

On Sunday  22 November 1998 Pope John Paul II formally opened the special synod for Oceania. This Synod, which concluded on 12 December 1998, brought together  cardinals, bishops, priests and religious from throughout Oceania, as well as representatives of the Roman Curia. There are 117 bishops participating in the discussions, including all but 3 of the 85 bishops who head dioceses in that region. Following are the most significant documents of the Synod. The final document of the Synod, the Apostolic Exhortation likely to be called Ecclesia in Oceania (The Church in Oceania), has yet to be issued by the Holy Father.

Apostolic Exhortation
Ecclesia in Oceania

Other Synod Documents:


Instrumentum Laboris

Report of the General Secretary

Relatio on the Theme of the Synod

Message of the Synod Fathers

Closing Mass - Homily of Pope John Paul II

Presentation of Apostolic Exhortation