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  • » 01/26/2008, 00.00

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    More than 700 faithful attend the first Mass in Latin in Iloilo City

    Santosh Digal

    This week, the parish of Mandurriao celebrated the first Eucharistic celebration in Latin in more than 30 years. The participants say they were "spiritually inspired". The celebrant was Msgr Tuvilla, who at the homily used the local Hiligaynon dialect.

    Iloilo City (AsiaNews) – For the first time in more than 30 years, the Catholics of Iloilo City  have participated in a Mass in Latin. More than 700 faithful attended the celebration in the parish of Mandurriao this week. It was the first "Tridentine Mass" celebrated on the island since Vatican Council II decided to introduce the Mass in local languages.

    Maria Legarda, 56 years old and a member of the parish's pastoral council for responsible voting - recalls that the last time she took part in a Mass in Latin was after the second world war. "We understand Latin because we learned and got used to it", she says. "Celebrating it in the traditional way is inspiring for us".

    The celebrants were Msgr Juanito Ma. Tuvilla, Fr Oscar Andrada, Fr Winifredo Losaria, and Fr Renato Cuadras. The priests used Latin for everything but the homily, for which Msgr Tuvilla used the local Hiligaynon dialect. He explained that celebrating in Latin does not exclude the use of the vernacular: "Whatever language is used, the elements of the rites of the Catholic Church started 2,000 years ago are still there".

    Fr Celis clarifies that the decision to celebrate the Mass in Latin is a response to the motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum" from last July, "on the use of the Roman liturgy preceding  the reform of 1970". The norm, established by Benedict XVI, conferred full citizenship on the so-called "Tridentine" Mass, with the priest facing away from the faithful and the other "ancient" practices that were replaced, but not abrogated, by the missal of Paul VI, who accepted the recommendations on the liturgy from Vatican Council II.

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    07/07/2007 VATICAN
    Pope: faithful may have “Tridentine” Mass if they wish
    With a motu propio, Benedict XVI established that the current norms for the celebration of Mass are for “ordinary” use, however the “extraordinary” use of the Missal of Pius V is possible too. A letter written to bishops across the world highlights the concern to rebuild the unity of the Church, broken by the traditionalists of Mgr Lefebvre.

    03/06/2007 VATICAN
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    29/06/2008 VATICAN
    Pope: Rome, unity and mission to all peoples at feast of Peter and Paul
    Benedict XVI emphasises the mission of the two apostles, and that of the see of Rome, to emphasise the unity and universality of the Catholic faith. Also present Bartholomew I, patriarch of Constantinople, in Rome for the beginning of the Pauline Year. The pontiff gave 40 archbishops the pallium, sign of Christ's "care" for humanity and of collegial communion with the pope.

    28/06/2007 VATICAN
    Within days a papal document liberalizing the Latin mass
    Benedict XVI will issue a “Motu proprio” on the use of the missal John XXIII, known above all for the introduction of the use of various languages and of the altar facing the faithful. Also announced a personal letter to all bishops.

    09/07/2007 INDIA – VATICAN
    Indian Church welcomes return to Tridentine Mass
    Mgr Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, stresses the importance of the rescript with which the Pope approves the celebration of the Tridentine mass. It adds a great tradition to the Church’s heritage and meets the faithful’s needs.



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