Vatican City, Nov 2, 2012 / 11:01 am
In honor of the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that any priest can celebrate the Mass according to the pre-Vatican II rite in Latin, a number of pilgrims have come to Rome to offer thanks and celebrate.
"I gladly accepted to celebrate (tomorrow's) Mass for pilgrims who came to thank the Pope for the gift of the motu proprio 'Summorum Pontificum' because it is a way to make others understand that it is normal to use the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite," said Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
He will say Mass in the extraordinary form on Nov. 3 in St. Peter's Basilica.
This is significant because liturgical reforms do not do away with traditional forms of the liturgy.