A Comprehensive Directory of Authentic Vatican Guidelines on Virtually All Things Catholic

Lots of great stuff in this Vatican document.

Great explanations as to the hows and whys of the practice of the authentic Catholic faith, including much useful information of all kinds.

Spend a few minutes browsing the site and you’re sure to come away a little better informed than you were before … and hopefully, a bit more inspired.

Excerpt from the introduction:

a series of practical proposals. It does not claim to be able to include every usage or practice of popular piety to be found in particular locations throughout the world. Mention of particular practices or expressions of popular piety is not to be regarded as an invitation to adopt them where they are not already practised. This section is elaborated in reference to the Liturgical Year (Chapter 4); to the special veneration given by the Church to the Mother of our Saviour (Chapter 5); to devotion to the Holy Angels, the Saints and the Beatified (Chapter 6); to suffrage for the dead (Chapter 7) and to pilgrimage and examples of popular piety connected with shrines (Chapter 8).

The object of this Directory is to offer guidelines and, where necessary, to prevent abuses or deviations. Its tone is positive and constructive. In the same context, it provides short historical notes on several popular devotions in its Guidelines. It records the various pious exercises attached to these devotions while signalling their theological underpinning, and making practical suggesting in relation to time, place, language and other factors, so as to harmonize them with the Liturgy.

Vatican Directory On Popular Piety and the Liturgy

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