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FaithFaith in Focus
Terence Sweeney
Our task as sacristans is to attend to small acts of care in a world that is too often inattentive and careless.
FaithLast Take
Blase J. Cupich
Like St. John Paul II, Pope Francis takes seriously that the restoration of the liturgy was the result of the movement of the Holy Spirit.
FaithFaith in Focus
Joe Hoover, S.J.
Having Mass announcements right before the liturgy ends is like having the director come out and stop “Hamlet” three minutes before it finishes in order to tell the audience where the best post-show night spots are.
Inside the Vatican
This week, Pope Francis again confirmed restrictions on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, making it clear that permission to celebrate the pre-Vatican II liturgy is reserved to the Vatican.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis has unequivocally confirmed that bishops must obtain authorization from the Holy See before granting permission to celebrate the pre-Vatican II Mass in parish churches.
The Rev. Ajani Gibson of the Archdiocese of New Orleans preaches during a prayer service in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at St. Kevin Church in Queens, N.Y., on Jan. 16. (OSV News photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Michael Simone, S.J.
The Catholic Church has produced preachers whose inspiring words resulted in immediate conversions. Even today, there are many excellent Catholic preachers, but this does not seem to be the norm.