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A priest celebrates the traditional Latin Mass at the Basilica of St. Pancras in Rome.

Vatican corrects ‘extraordinary form’ error in new constitution

Mar 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican constitution now refers to ‘the liturgical books prior to the reform of the Second Vatican Council.’ Read more

Maureen McKinley milks one of her family's goats in their backyard with help from three of her children, Madeline (behind), Fiona and Augustine on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. McKinley and her family own two goats, chickens, a rabbit, and a dog.

Traditional Latin Mass goers: Pope Francis doesn't understand us

Aug 10, 2021

By Autumn Jones

“It feels like our Holy Father doesn't understand this whole group of people who love our Lord so much," says... Read more

Mass offered in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

A first-timer's guide to the Traditional Latin Mass

Aug 7, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Last week, I (Autumn Jones) wanted to check out the Traditional Latin Mass for the first time. I’ve always attended... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco

Archbishop Cordileone schedules monthly Traditional Latin Mass at cathedral

Aug 2, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has instituted a monthly Traditional Latin Mass at San Francisco’s Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption,... Read more

Bishop Anthony Taylor.  CNA file photo

Little Rock bishop limits Traditional Latin Mass to two parishes administered by FSSP

Jul 17, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The celebration of Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of Little Rock, which covers the entirety of the state of... Read more

Bishops issue guidance in response to Pope Francis' document on the Traditional Latin Mass

Jul 17, 2021

A growing number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, have issued statements regarding groups... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco

Archbishop Cordileone: Traditional Latin Mass will continue in San Francisco

Jul 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

As diocesan bishops consider how to implement Pope Francis’ motu proprio on the use of the Traditional Latin Mass, the... Read more

A girl with a chapel veil at the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage Mass in Rome on Oct. 25, 2014.

Catholics react to Pope Francis’ sweeping restrictions on extraordinary form Masses

Jul 16, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The motu proprio Traditionis custodes is provoking strong reactions. 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

The Basilica of Fontaine-lès-Dijon, France.

Why is a French Catholic archdiocese expelling the FSSP?

Jun 16, 2021

By Solène Tadié

For 23 years, FSSP priests have served Catholics in Dijon archdiocese. Now, the archbishop has told them to leave. Read more

CDF issues new Eucharistic prefaces, optional saint feasts for extraordinary form of Roman rite

Mar 25, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued two decrees giving new Eucharistic prefaces and provision for... Read more

Fr. Andrzej Komorowski, who was elected superior general of the FSSP July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of the FSSP.

FSSP elects new superior general

Jul 10, 2018

The general chapter of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a society of apostolic life which celebrates the extraordinary form... Read more

Cardinal Castrillón at a conference in 2010. Castrillón died in Rome the night of May 17-18, 2018.

Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos of Colombia dies at age 88

May 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, a Colombian and a former head of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and of the Congregation... Read more

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

Cardinals Müller, Sarah urge unity, charity in liturgical matters

Sep 15, 2017

By Elise Harris

Cardinals Gerhard Müller and Robert Sarah encouraged unity over partisanship at a conference held in Rome Thursday to mark the... Read more

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

Looking forward to 10 years of Summorum Pontificum

Jun 1, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Pope Francis with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 13, 2015.

Vatican approves special Fatima feast day for the Traditional Latin Mass

Apr 6, 2017

The Vatican office which governs the use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite has given priests permission to... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, speaks at the Vatican Feb. 10, 2015.

True liturgy is a reflection of heaven, Cardinal Sarah says

Mar 31, 2017

Despite the controversies and abuses following the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic liturgy is ultimately a source of unity that... Read more

Bishop Athanasius Schneider leads Benediction during the Summorum Pontificum Conference, at the Church of Ss. Dominic and Sixtus in Rome, June 13, 2015.

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI's liturgical legacy

Jun 19, 2015

By Jan Bentz

The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the... Read more

Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square prior to a beatification ceremony, Oct. 23, 2011.

Pope Francis wants Vatican liturgy chief to continue the work of Benedict XVI

Jun 3, 2015

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, revealed in a letter sent to a liturgical conference this... Read more

Benedict XVI greets pilgrims at the General Audience, Oct. 24, 2012.

Benedict XVI meets with advocates of Traditional Latin Mass

Sep 4, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Benedict XVI met with two leaders involved in promoting the Traditional Latin Mass, or the extraordinary form of the Roman... Read more