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Pope Francis on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019.

Pope Francis opens ministries of lector and acolyte to women: A CNA Explainer

On Jan. 11, Pope Francis published an apostolic letter issued motu proprio (which means “on his own impulse” in Latin),... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass according to the Zaire Use at St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 1, 2019.

Pope Francis: Inculturated Mass shows us the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis said Tuesday that inculturated liturgy can teach Catholics to better appreciate the diverse gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Read more

Bishop Claudio Maniago, president of the Italian bishops’ conference’s liturgy commission.

Bishop hopes new Italian missal will help Catholics rediscover beauty of Mass

As the Church in Italy prepares to introduce its new translation of the Roman Missal on Sunday, the bishop in... Read more

Photos of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery on a side altar at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City. Courtesy photo.

New York parish anti-racism pledge prompts controversy

A New York priest said his parish added a “pledge for racial justice” to Masses as part of its anti-racism... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino in Rome for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Filipino archbishop requests abstinence from applause during Mass

In a pastoral letter anticipating the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has asked that the... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin in St. Peter's Basilica April 27, 2017.

Understanding the liturgy can be transformative, Cardinal Parolin says

A better understanding of the meaning and symbolic language of the Church’s liturgy, especially the Mass, will help Catholics encounter... Read more

Pope Francis with Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre, Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, at the Vatican, June 22, 2018.

Order of Malta leader restricts use of extraordinary form within order

The recently installed head of the Knights of Malta directed Monday that all liturgical ceremonies within the community must use... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Our Father while meeting with the Italian bishops' conference at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, May 18, 2015.

Holy See confirms changes to Italian liturgical translation of Our Father, Gloria

The Apostolic See has confirmed the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal prepared by the Italian bishops'... Read more

Mary Ann Carr-Wilson greets the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa before the Teaching Children's Chant Camp Workshop in Menlo Park, Calif., held last week. Photo courtesy of the Benedict XVI Institute.

Workshop teaches how to teach Gregorian chant to children, teens

Parish music directors, teachers, priests, and religious sisters gathered near San Francisco last week for a workshop helping them learn... Read more

Bishop Michael Olson.

Bishop Olson: Liturgical fidelity fosters unity, discipleship

At the Chrism Mass celebrated during Holy Week, a Texas bishop offered reflections on the Church’s liturgical life, telling priests... Read more

Stations of the Cross at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rome.

How American seminarians in Rome celebrate Holy Week

For American seminarians at the Pontifical North American college in Rome, Holy Week liturgies take on new life and dimension,... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, presents one of his books in Rome, May 25, 2017.

Analysis: Cardinal Sarah, Blessed Paul VI, and Catholic commentary

Cardinal Robert Sarah has authored a preface for a newly published book detailing the ascendancy, in the last 50 years,... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Mass can't be bought – salvation is free, Pope Francis says

On Wednesday Pope Francis issued a harsh critique of the trend to ask parishioners for a financial contribution in order... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during the General Audience Jan. 10, 2018.

Be intentional about silence during Mass, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis said Wednesday that moments of silence in the Mass should be intentional times of prayer, recollection and communion... Read more

Pope Francis smiles during an encounter in St. Peter's Square Oct. 14, 2017.

Vatican releases Pope's liturgical schedule for January, February

Earlier this week the Vatican published Pope Francis’ liturgical schedule for the months of January and February, including his lineup... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope offers clarifications on new process for liturgical translations

In a letter responding to questions raised by Cardinal Robert Sarah on the new process of translating liturgical texts from... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in memory of Fr. Jacques Hamel Sept. 14, 2016.

Pope issues new directives on revision, translation of liturgical texts

The Holy See has released a new “motu proprio” from Pope Francis outlining a shift in the responsibility of local... Read more

English bishop issues liturgical norms for Neocatechumenal Way

The Bishop of Lancaster issued last week liturgical norms for the Neocatechumenal Way, which apply to all in the diocese,... Read more

A Mass said for the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage in Rome held Oct. 25, 2014.

Looking forward to 10 years of Summorum Pontificum

Ten years after Benedict XVI broadened access to the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, the document by which he... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, presents the German edition of The Power of Silence, May 25, 2017.

To meet God we need silence, Cardinal Sarah says

At a presentation for his new book on Wednesday, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that not only does the Church need... Read more