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Vatican rejects Cardinal Sarah’s ad orientem appeal

Pope Francis holds a candle as he celebrates a Mass with religious in St Peter's Basilica in February (CNS)
Pope Francis holds a candle as he celebrates a Mass with religious in St Peter’s Basilica in February (CNS)

Pope Francis met Cardinal Sarah to indicate that no liturgical directives will begin in Advent, according to Vatican spokesman

Pope Francis has made it clear that no new liturgical directives will be introduced for Advent, according to the Vatican spokesman.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, urged priests and bishops at the Sacra Liturgia conference in London on July 5 to start celebrating Masses ad orientem, or facing away from the congregation, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent this year.

However, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, issued a statement on July 11 indicating the Pope Francis met with Cardinal Sarah on July 9 to indicate no liturgical directives will begin in Advent.

“Cardinal Sarah is always rightly concerned with the dignity of the celebration of Mass, that it might adequately express an attachment of respect and adoration for the eucharistic mystery,” Fr Lombardi’s statement said.

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