US Bishops Approve Mass for Life

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, JUNE 19, 2009 ( A text for a Mass in Thanksgiving for the Gift of Human Life received overwhelming approval from the U.S. bishops’ conference, which also voted to include it in the Roman Missal.

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A press release from the conference reported that the Mass received 183 votes, with only three deciding against the text and three abstaining, at a biannual conference meeting taking place in San Antonio.

The U.S. adaptation of the text to the missal was supported by 179 bishops, with one voting against and one abstaining.

The communiqué reported that these items are part of the ongoing adaptation of a new English translation of the Roman Missal. The conclusions of the meeting will be sent to the Vatican for a final approval.

The Mass in Thanksgiving for Life was originally proposed in 1990 by Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, who founded the Sisters of Life and died in 2000.

The Spanish language Lectionary, the Leccionario, was also approved by the majority, with 182 voting for it and one against.

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