Pope set to authorise Latin Mass

ROME — The Pope is to authorise the widespread return of the Latin Mass in the next few days, the Vatican said.

Pope Benedict XVI met senior bishops and cardinals in Rome this week to discuss “the content and the spirit” of a document on the Tridentine Rite. The document was sent to bishops worldwide on Wednesday.

Critics have attacked the move because parts of the liturgy are considered antiSemitic. Sources say that July 7, the feast day of Blessed Pope Benedict XI, is the most likely publication date of the “indult” or permission to say the Latin Mass.

A Vatican statement said: “The publication of this document is foreseen within a few days.”

Traditionalists can say Mass in Latin at present, but only after seeking permission from a bishop.

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