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Liturgical reform is here to stay

ROME (SE): Pope Francis told a gathering of liturgists attending the Italian National Liturgical Week in Rome on August 24 that the liturgical reform is here to stay.
He explained that continuing the work of reform of the liturgy is a forward moving exercise and can never be a retreat back into rethinking what has gone before by reviewing choices.
 

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New history of Vatican II

VATICAN (SE): L’Osservatore Romano is promoting Storia del Concilio Ecumenico Vaticano II, a new history of the Second Vatican Council written by Piero Doria, an historian who works for the Vatican Secret Archives.

The newspaper praised the book, as well as its preface, written by Archbishop Marcello Semeraro, from Albano.

Archbishop Semeraro is the secretary of the Council of Cardinal Advisers. He calls the council an event and prophecy.

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Dreaming of a liturgy where people feel the living God in their midst

 

MIRI (SE): The Sixteenth Asia Liturgy Forum began in Miri, Sarawak, in East Malaysia, on October 16 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, as the purpose of the forum is to incorporate its spirit into the liturgies of the Asian Church.

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Hong Kong moves to 
promote lay ministry

 

A Conference on Sharing the Experience of Lay Ministry among Chinese Catholic communities from around the world is scheduled in Cheung Chau in early November to mark the end of the Year of the Laity.

It comes as the Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and 20 years after the Catechism of the Catholic Church was published, both of which events pushed the importance of the role of lay people in all facets of the mission and ministry of the Church.