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Bishops cut holy days of obligation

The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has announced that the only feast days to be observed as holy days of obligation are Christmas Day, the Feast of the Assumption and all Sundays of the year.

The Conference yesterday communicated the content of the Decree of Promulgation, which was signed by the President of the Conference, Archbishop Francis Carroll, and dated 15 May 2001.

That decree was reviewed and confirmed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, and signed last January by its Prefect, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, and Secretary, Archbishop Francesco Pio Tamburrino.

The change will become effective on 16 September.

The two days - 25 December and 15 August - will be observed as holy days of obligation, regardless of the day of the week on which they fall.