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Pontifical High Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite at Westminster Cathedral
posted on 20 June 2008
Cardinal Daro Castrilln Hoyos and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
Cardinal Daro Castrilln Hoyos and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

On Saturday 14th June 2008, at the invitation of the Latin Mass Society, Cardinal Daro Castrilln Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, celebrated a Pontifical High Mass at the Throne in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Rite) in Westminster Cathedral.

It was the first time since the liturgical changes of 1969 that a Cardinal had celebrated the Extraordinary Form in Westminster Cathedral.

The congregation included large numbers of young people and families and Cardinal Castrilln and during the Mass, a message of welcome from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor was read out and the Westminster Cathedral choir sang Palestrinas Missa Sacerdos et Pontifex.

During his Homily, Cardinal Castrilln told the congregation: The Holy See is mindful of your love of the Extraordinary FormMy visit today and my celebration of this Pontifical Mass in the Classical Roman Rite is an indication of my personal support for your worthy aims and of the desire also of the Holy See to identify with them.

A spokesman Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said:

 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor was pleased to offer a warm welcome to Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei)  on his visit to Westminster Cathedral. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos said he was personally very grateful for the Cardinals welcome and for the opportunity to celebrate the Pontifical High Mass at the Cathedral.

They had a private conversation at which Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos expressed his gratitude for the generous way in which the Bishops of England & Wales had exercised the indult given to them by Pope Paul VI and for their reception of the recent Motu Proprio.

The Bishops will always endeavour to be faithful to the requests of the Holy Father with regards to the Motu Proprio.

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