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Pope Francis speaks to Catholics from northern and central Italy on Sept. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis: Saint Pius V teaches us to seek truth, pray the rosary

Sep 17, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Saint Pius V on May 1, 1572. Read more

A Traditional Latin Mass.

Arlington bishop curtails Traditional Latin Masses

Jul 30, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

Thirteen parishes must stop offering Traditional Latin Masses come Sept. 8. Read more

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Priest who offered Mass on inflatable lounge chair in sea: ‘I was perhaps imprudent’

Jul 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares

After photos of a shirtless Italian priest celebrating Mass in the sea using an inflatable lounge chair went viral this... Read more

A St. Thomas Christian cross at the installation of Mar Joseph Srampickal at Preston North End stadium, England, on Oct. 9, 2016.

Indian archbishop asked to resign over escalating liturgical dispute

Jul 26, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The dispute over the celebration of a unified liturgy in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church has led to the resignation of... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 4, 2022.

Beauty, truth, and unity: Why Pope Francis is so concerned with the liturgy

Jul 21, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Why is the way liturgy is celebrated so important to Pope Francis? In a word, because he is concerned about... Read more

Canonization Mass on May 15, 2022

Pope Francis pens letter on liturgy after Traditionis custodes

Jun 29, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The 15-page apostolic letter, Desiderio Desideravi, was published on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Read more

Pope Francis meets the bishops and priests of the churches of Sicily, Italy, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on June 9, 2022.

Pope Francis urges Sicily’s Catholic priests to be moral guides — but to drop the lace

Jun 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Noting that he has seen photos from Masses in Sicily, the pope appeared to comment on the use of lace... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘It’s not possible to worship God while making the liturgy a battleground’

May 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said that the liturgy should not be “a battleground” for “outdated issues.” Read more

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov's Appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene (1835)

Easter isn't over yet. Here's when it officially ends

Apr 21, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Catholics recognize Easter — when Christ rises from the dead after sacrificing his life for all of humanity — as... Read more

Pope Francis addresses bishops of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church at the Vatican on Oct. 3, 2019.

Pope Francis asks opponents of Syro-Malabar uniform liturgy to take ‘painful step’ of accepting change

Apr 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Protests against the change have included a hunger strike by priests and the burning of effigies of cardinals. Read more

Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church.

Catholic archdiocese deplores burning of cardinals’ effigies at Syro-Malabar uniform liturgy protest

Mar 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘The archdiocese completely condemns such unchristian protests,’ a spokesman said. Read more

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Traditionalist communities cautiously optimistic after FSSP news

Feb 21, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Traditional Latin Mass attendees expressed cautious optimism on Monday after a traditionalist community released a communique detailing their continued permission... Read more

The prostration of the ordinands at the Fraternity of St. Peter's Roman Parish, Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, June 27, 2013

What is the FSSP?

Feb 21, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a society of apostolic life which celebrates the Roman rite according to the liturgical... Read more

Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, says Mass in the London Oratory for the Sacra Liturgia conference, July 6, 2016.

Sacra Liturgia conference to be held in San Francisco this summer

Feb 18, 2022

By Kate Olivera

The Archdiocese of San Francisco will host an internationally-recognized liturgical conference this summer.  Read more

Three Kings

When does Christmas actually end?

Jan 5, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Just how many days is Christmas? When should you finally take those lights off the porch, or remove the tree?... Read more

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Christmas falls on a Saturday this year. What does that mean for Mass obligations? 

Dec 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

This weekend, Latin rite Catholics have an obligation to attend Mass on both Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, and on... Read more

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Traditional Latin Mass restrictions: Here's what you need to know

Dec 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

New moves by Pope Francis mean changes for Catholics dedicated to the Traditional Latin Mass —and for the priests and... Read more

A St. Thomas Christian cross at the installation of Mar Joseph Srampickal at Preston North End stadium, England, on Oct. 9, 2016.

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church leaders want a uniform liturgy. Why are they facing resistance?

Dec 8, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Pope Francis has intervened in the decades-long dispute. Read more

Seminarians of the FSSP's International Seminary of St. Peter.

'Sancta Nox' album of Christmas Matins debuts at #1 on Billboard Traditional Classical Albums chart

Oct 8, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Sept. 28, a community of seminarians from the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter’s European seminary released an album of... Read more