- Sep 19, 2020
The Italian bishops finally have printed their new Missal, and they gave the symbolic first copy to Pope Francis, who usually celebrates Mass in Italian.
Beginning today, Italian family members and friends are no longer required to observe social distancing when they come to church, and churches are once again able to have choirs at Mass and the assembly can sing.
The guidelines come in response to a perception that there are too many rogue operators, both clerical and lay, who claim to perform exorcisms but who aren’t authorized to do so.
Generally speaking, only three things happen in Rome on Sundays: Mass, lunch and soccer. Thus it was a bit of a surprise last Sunday to see the Vatican announce a personnel move, in this case the pope’s nomination of a new cerimoniere, meaning an official who assists the pope in his liturgies and public events.
One Chicago parish has reversed its decline by providing beautiful worship to its parishioners.
ope Francis is well aware that global institutions such as the UN, the EU, the US government and others are also pondering social and political recovery, though none from the Vatican’s unique perspective. Yet there are also challenges to which only the Vatican really is in a position to respond regarding the spiritual and pastoral fallout of the pandemic.