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Archbishop at Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Metropolitan William attends Vatican convocation Oct. 5-19

Byzantine prelate among delegation of four U.S. participants

The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is convening during the month of October to discuss pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization. Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla is participating in the special assembly, held in Rome Oct. 5-19. Metropolitan William is among the four delegates from the United States invited to participate.

To view video, photos and read updates from the Synod sessions and other associated events, visit  the official Vatican news site .

Visit these LINKS to related stories:

Synod Midterm Report Presented (Official Vatican Network/Vatican Radio)

Archbishop William interviewed by Catholic News Service (CNS Synod on Family print interview)

Archbishop: Synod Aims to Listen (CNS video interview)

Synod explores main challenges facing the contemporary family (Vatican Radio audio interview)


This Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is the third ever held; previous Extraordinary General Assemblies were held in 1969 and 1985. The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) offer the following answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Synod and Assembly:

About the Synod of Bishops

What is the Synod of Bishops?

The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution of the Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Paul VI in 1965, shortly after the close of the Second Vatican Council, to continue the spirit of collegiality and communion that was present at the Council. The Synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church in a manner that preserves the Church’s teaching and strengthens her internal discipline.

Read more: Archbishop at Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops


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