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Presidency and Format of the Synod Assemblies
§1. The Synod of Bishops is directly subject to the Roman Pontiff, who is its President.
§2. It is to meet:
1° in Ordinary General Assembly, when matters are discussed which pertain to the good of the universal Church;
2° in Extraordinary General Assembly, when the matters under discussion, pertaining to the good of the universal Church, require urgent consideration;
3° in Special Assembly, when matters are discussed which pertain principally to one or more particular geographical areas.
§3. If he considers it opportune, especially for reasons of an ecumenical nature, the Roman Pontiff may summon a synodal Assembly according to other formats established by himself.
Members and other Participants in the Synod Assemblies
§1. The members of the Synod Assemblies are those listed in canon 346 of the Code of Canon Law.
§2. According to the theme and the circumstances, certain others who are not Bishops may be summoned to the Synod Assembly; their role is determined in each case by the Roman Pontiff.
§3. The designation of members and other participants for each Assembly takes place according to the norms of particular law.