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Vatican     OFFICIAL TEXT OF NEW MASS INSTRUCTIONS TO BE RELEASED
The Vatican said on Friday the Congregation for Divine Worship will release the official Latin text on the new Roman Missal later this year.
    The Vatican said the major changes, the first since 1970, include the addition of various saints' days and changes to some prayers, especially during Lent. Without addressing the specific changes to the General Instruction, which offers instructions on how to celebrate the Mass, the Congregation did point out that bishops will still maintain "a certain liberty, in agreement with the Holy See," to adapt some elements to local circumstances and customs.
    The Congregation also said a new chapter had been added to the Missal on inculturation and changes were made regarding communion under the species of bread and wine. They also said the Latin text of the Missal had been sent to episcopal conferences around the world for official translation, which will then be approved by the Vatican.
   
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7 Aug 00



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