|Worship||NEW ROMAN MISSAL TO ACKNOWLEDGE 'ALTAR GIRLS'|
A new edition of the Roman Missal to be released before the end of this year will incorporate liturgical directives of Pope John Paul II, and new feasts for those he has canonised or beatified.
Aside from acknowledging the possibility of female altar servers, the new text will also include more explicit guidelines on the involvement of lay ministers in the liturgy.
Catholic World News reports that the Missal is one of a number of liturgical texts about the be published in time for the Jubilee. The Congregation is also preparing in Latin a new edition of the Lectionary, the Gospels, the martyrology and a guide for priests on the proper way of celebrating the Mass.
Bishop Francesco Pio Tamburrino, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, told reporters that the Latin "editio typica" - or authoritative version - of the Roman Missal will be available before the end of the year. It will be used as the basis for subsequent translation into English and other languages.
CWN 1:45pm 1/9/99