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The People of God » The Hierarchical Constitution of the Church » The Supreme Authority of the Church » The Synod of Bishops
Canon 344. The synod of bishops is directly subject to the authority of the Roman Pontiff who:

1. convokes a synod as often as it seems opportune to him and designates the place where its sessions are to be held;

2. ratifies the election of members who must be elected according to the norm of special law and designates and appoints other members;

3. determines at an appropriate time before the celebration of a synod the contents of the questions to be treated, according to the norm of special law;

4. defines the agenda;

5. presides at the synod personally or through others;

6. concludes, transfers, suspends, and dissolves the synod.
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