Recommended Reading

As we prepare to journey together on a Synodal Pathway, the following is a list of some recommended reading which every person can undertake as part of preparing for this synodal process:






The Catechism of the Catholic Church

A Compendium of the Catechism is available from

Lumen Gentium

Lumen gentium (Light of the Nations), the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, is one of the principal documents of the Second Vatican Council.

Gaudium et Spes (The Joys and Hopes), Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.

Evangelii Gaudium: Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World (24 November 2013)

Address by Pope Francis at the ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops

Address by Cardinal Grech to the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

International Theological Commission: Sensus Fidei: In the Life of the Church International Theological Commission: Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church

Additional background reading

Apostolic Exhortations
Querida Amazonia: Post-Synodal Exhortation to the People of God and to All Persons of Good Will (2 February 2020)

Christus vivit: Post-Synodal Exhortation to Young People and to the entire People of God (25 March 2019)
Gaudete et exsultate: Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world (19 March 2018)

Amoris laetitia: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family (19 March 2016)
Evangelii Gaudium : Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World (24 November 2013)


Fratelli tutti (3 October 2020) On Fraternity and Social Friendship.
Laudato si’ (24 May 2015) On Care for our Common Home.
Lumen fidei (29 June 2013) This document focuses on the importance of reviving and strengthening faith in a modern, secular world.