Synod of Bishops, in the Roman Catholic Church, the institution of periodic meetings of bishops established in 1965 by Pope Paul VI. According to the “Decree on the Bishops’ Pastoral Office in the Church” issued by the Second Vatican Council, the synod is convoked by the pope with the intention of assisting him in church government and of demonstrating the responsibility of bishops as a .... Oct 16, 2021 · To assist this revitalization, Pope Paul VI created a permanent structure for a Synod of Bishops, with a secretariat in Rome and a General Assembly gathered regularly by the pope. Since 1967, the popes have brought this assembly together 18 times: 15 “Ordinary Assemblies” and three “Extraordinary,” in addition to a number of “Special .... The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops is expected to release a preparatory document and vademecum, or handbook, in September. An infographic showing the timeline for the synod on synodality.