Faithful will Hold Pius V Rite in Honor of John Paul II’s 25th Anniversary

VATICAN CITY, MAY 19, 2003 ( In honor of John Paul II’s 25th anniversary of Pontificate, faithful from different countries will celebrate a St. Pius V rite Mass in Rome, May 24, presided over by Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos.

The announcement was made in a statement May 17, by the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei,” presided over by Cardinal Castrillón, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy.

As ZENIT already reported, the Mass will take place on May 24 in the Roman Basilica of St. Mary Major. It will be preceded by the Rosary, in the year dedicated to this prayer.

“Numerous faithful from different countries, who make use of the ‘Ecclesia Dei’ indult to celebrate holy Mass according to the so-called St. Pius V Rite, wish to honor the Holy Father as the 25th anniversary of his elevation to the Supreme Pontificate draws near, in the context of the Year of the Holy Rosary,” the statement explains.

“They also wish to thank the Holy Father John Paul II for the motu proprio ‘Ecclesia Dei’ (July 2, 1988), in which, among other things, he said that ‘respect must everywhere be shown for the feelings of all those who are attached to the Latin liturgical tradition, by a wide and generous application of the directives already issued some time ago by the Apostolic See for the use of the Roman Missal according to the typical edition of 1962,'” the statement concluded.

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