“The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church” will be the theme for the 12th ordinary session, the Vatican press office announced today, and will take place in the Vatican from Oct. 5-26, 2008.
It will be the second synod presided over by Benedict XVI. The Holy Father presided over the synod on the Eucharist last October, which had been convoked by Pope John Paul II.
Benedict XVI introduced two novelties to that synod: He shortened the length of the meeting from four to three weeks, and he introduced free interventions before the assembly.
The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution established by Pope Paul VI in 1965 as a way to maintain the level of collegiality among bishops reached at the Second Vatican Council.