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New Roman Missal presented to Pope

Vatican officials have presented the new Roman Missal to John Paul II, two years after he approved it, by Archbishop Francesco Pio Tamburrino, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and publisher of the Missal.

Archbishop Tamburrino explalined that the missal has undergone "some touching up", especially in the calendar of saints' days, which has had 16 feasts introduced.

He said that features allowed in some national missals - such as Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation - have been integrated into the universal Missal.

Archbishop Tamburrino said that the Latin document, the Institutio Generalis, the theological and normative part that introduces the missal, addresses key issues on the evolution of liturgical legislation, including lay ministries.

The Congregation for Divine Worship has sent a note to bishops explaining that No. 283 of the new missal "contains various dispositions that extend the possibility to distribute Holy Communion under both species, only in the ambit of the Roman rite."

The task of translating the missal lies with episcopal conferences. Translations must be approved by the Vatican congregation before being published.

The Roman Missal 2000 (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Institutio Generalis
General Instruction on the Roman Missal (1975)


20 Mar 2002