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Cardinal celebrates Rome's first Latin Mass since 1970

For possibly the first time since 1970, a cardinal has celebrated an old-rite Latin Mass in Rome, with Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos presiding at the event at the Basilica of St Mary Major.

Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy and president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, explained on the eve of the Mass that he was responding to the requests of faithful to make use of the indult to celebrate the Mass and so honour John Paul II for his 25 years in the papacy.

"The old Roman rite preserves its right of citizenship in the Church and cannot be considered extinguished," Cardinal Castrillón said on Saturday during the sermon, the only part of the Mass not in Latin.

What "unites the variety of rites is the same faith in the eucharistic mystery," the cardinal said. The St. Pius V rite was used before the liturgical reform introduced by the Second Vatican Council.

Hoyos read a message from Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, transmitting the Pope's blessing to those present.

The liturgy was attended by five cardinals, including Boston's Archbishop Emeritus Bernard Law.


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