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Pope hopes for quick completion of Roman Missal translation

Pope John Paul II said he hoped an English translation of the new Roman Missal would be completed quickly to help Catholics participate more fully in the Mass.

"Undoubtedly, the use of the vernacular has been an important means of enabling the faithful to participate more deeply in the encounter with God in Christ," the pope said in a message to a new Vatican committee of English-speaking bishops.

The new "Vox Clara" (Clear Voice) committee, comprised of 12 bishops from nine countries, was established by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments to assist in examining English-language liturgical translations.

"Fidelity to the rites and texts of the liturgy is of paramount importance for the church and the Christian life," the pope said in his message to the committee's April inaugural meeting which concludes today.

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments


26 Apr 2002