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Vatican     NEW ROMAN MISSAL SET FOR PUBLICATION THIS YEAR
A new edition of the Roman Missal will be published before Christmas, a Vatican official has revealed.
    Catholic World News reports that Archbishop Francisco Tamburrino, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said that the text of the new missal has already been sent to the printer.
    But the printing process may be time-consuming, he said, because the missal poses some special challenges for printers, such as settings for Gregorian chant.
    The new Roman Missal was approved by Pope John Paul II in January. This will be the third official edition of the missal to be published since Vatican II. The previous editions were produced in 1969 and 1975.
    After 25 years it was important to offer an updated Roman Missal, Archbishop Tamburrino said. The new text "allows some timely adaptations," he explained, and the prayers have been enriched in light of new developments. For example, the missal includes prayers for the 300 new saints whose feasts have been added to the liturgical calendar. The new missal also introduces special prayers for children, new rites of reconciliation, new prayers for Marian feasts, and increased emphasis on Gregorian chant.
   
CWN
   
18 Sep 00



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