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Tridentine rite Mass for Roman basilica this month

Followers of the late dissident Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre have welcomed the announcement that Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos will celebrate a Tridentine-rite Mass in a Roman basilica this month.

The cardinal prefect of the Congregation for Clergy is also the president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was established to promote reconciliation between Lefebvrists and Rome.

Hoyos will celebrate the Mass on 24 May in the Basilica of St Mary Major.

"It is an important gesture on the part of Rome," the superior of the Society of St Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, told the French newspaper La Croix. At the same time, Archbishop Lefebvre's successor said that "he now hopes for even clearer signs from Rome in our direction."

Meanwhile Pope John Paul II has ordered that the Tridentine-rite (Latin) Mass should be allowed back into St Peter's basilica in Rome. It has been excluded since the introduction of the reformed liturgy in 1970.

Francis Carey, treasurer of the Latin Mass Society in Britain, said: "This is the fruit of lengthy lobbying by the Latin Mass Society to obtain an instruction from Rome confirming the right of all priests to say the Latin Mass if they so wish."

Zenit/The Tablet

Congregation for the Clergy
Society of St Pius X

5 May 2003