The New Evangelization - Europe


Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
for Europe

Although the Holy Father had called a Synod for Europe earlier in the decade (28 Nov. to 14 Dec. 1991), Pope John Paul II convened a second special Synod for Europe to discuss the new evangelization, as he had done for the other continents. That special Synod commenced on 1 October 1999, the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, and concluded on 23 October 1999. It brought together cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and laity from throughout Europe, as well as, representatives of the Roman Curia. Following are the most significant documents of the Synod. The final document of the Synod, the Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Europa (The Church in Europe), has not yet been issued by the Holy Father.

Apostolic Exhortation
Ecclesia in Europa


Other Synod Documents:


Instrumentum laboris

Report of the General Secretary

Relatio on the Theme of the Synod