Pope encourages quick completion of English Mass translation

Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his hope that the new English translation of the Mass prayers will be completed soon.

CLICK HERECatholic News Service reports that the Holy Father has written to members of the Vox Clara Committee, the Vatican-appointed commission of English-speaking bishops chaired by Cardinal George Pell. The Pope said the new translation from Latin will allow the English-speaking faithful around the world to "benefit from the use of liturgical texts accurately rendered."

Seven of the 12 bishops on the Vox Clara Committee met last week at the Vatican. The committee was established in 2001 to help the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments evaluate English translations of liturgical texts submitted to the Vatican for approval.

The pope said he was confident that with Vox Clara's assistance "the translation of the Missale Romanum (the Roman Missal) into English will succeed in transmitting the treasures of the faith and the liturgical tradition in the specific context of a devout and reverent eucharistic celebration."

Pope John Paul II promulgated the Latin edition of the Roman Missal in 2002.

The International Commission on English in the Liturgy, a body established by English-speaking bishops' conferences, is translating the Latin text into English. After a national bishops' conference votes to adopt a text, it is forwarded to the Vatican for approval by the worship and sacraments congregation.

A press release from Vox Clara on Thursday said the members were informed by ICEL that a "projected schedule" had been drawn up that called for ICEL to complete its translation of the Roman Missal in sections over "the next 23 months."

Pope encourages quick completion of English Mass translation (Catholic News Service 11/11/05)

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14 Nov 2005