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Canon Dominique Aubert, rector of Chartres Cathedral, France, celebrates Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

Traditionis custodes: French Catholic bishops express ‘esteem’ for Traditional Latin Mass communities

Jul 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

They said the norms would be introduced “through dialogue.” Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke gives the final blessing during the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage Mass in Rome on Oct. 25, 2014.

Pope Francis issues restrictions on extraordinary form Masses in new motu proprio

Jul 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

The motu proprio, Traditionis custodes, makes sweeping changes to Summorum Pontificum. Read more

A liturgy at St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, Arakuzha, India.

Pope Francis urges Indian Catholics to commit to uniform Syro-Malabar liturgy

Jul 6, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Syro-Malabar Church is one of the 23 Eastern Catholic Churches. Read more

Pope Francis on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019.

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

Jan 11, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Dec 1, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Sep 3, 2020

By JD Flynn

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

Feb 24, 2020

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

Aug 26, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jun 11, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jun 7, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 13, 2018

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

Apr 2, 2018

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

Mar 30, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Mar 7, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

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

Mar 7, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Jan 10, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 9, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Oct 22, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Sep 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

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