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Italian cardinal who worked with six popes dies aged 90

Globe-trotting Cardinal Coppa was a Latin expert at the Second Vatican Council Cardinal Giovanni Coppa, an expert Latinist and former nuncio, has died aged 90.…

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Resist pressure to ignore human trafficking, Pope tells judges

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Pope Francis to pray at John Paul II's tomb with kids who have cancer

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Pope Francis will arrive to Cuba as a 'missionary of mercy'

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Archbishop of Westminster officially announces new shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary

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The Care and Feeding of Poor Souls

A man died on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, this past Sunday. He was a priest, theologian, and author, well-known in Catholic circles for writi…

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Did Peter Have a Wife?

Apparently so, since he had a mother-in-law. Customarily the two go together. Sometimes they even remain together, both staying in a fellow’s home. This h…

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What is the Church’s teaching on capital punishment?

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How NOT to receive Jesus in the Eucharist

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Are we bound to follow the 2003 General Instruction of the Roman Missal?

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Our priest said that we are not bound by the 2003 GIRM in the United States because it refers to a new translation of the Mass; only when the local Sacramentary contains the new translation will we be bound by it. Is he correct?


The latest version of the General Instruction of the Roman Missalcontains a Decree of Publication, dated March 19, 2003, which states, “Effective immediately, this translation of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal is the sole translation of the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, edition typica tertia, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America.”


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