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Indian bishops regret Vatican cold feet on inculturation in liturgical texts

Catholic bishops in India's Hindi speaking region say the reluctance of some Vatican officials to incorporate local cultural ethos in liturgical texts could hamper inculturation.

Liturgical books in Hindi "cannot and should not mean dry literal translations of Latin versions," Archbishop Benedict John Osta of Patna said at a recent biennial meeting that involved 29 bishops from India's northern region.

During their October meeting, the bishops discussed obstacles they face in having the Vatican approve Hindi translations of liturgical texts including the Roman Missal and the Indian Anaphora (Eucharistic Prayer), the latter submitted in 1992.

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