Sunday, 15 May, 2011: Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite was celebrated in the Vatican basilica.

Sunday’s historic Solemn Pontifical Mass at the altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica with the participation of no less than four Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church is also being reported in the 16/17 May edition of the Osservatore Romano, the “semi-official” newspaper of the Holy See. On p. 6 is the following article (NLM translation) including a photograph:

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New guidelines for Tridentine Mass – 10 key facts

…the authority of today’s document is underlined by the fact that it was personally endorsed by Pope Benedict XVI last month. Indeed in today’s document “Summorum Pontificum” is described as an “important expression of the Magisterium of the Roman Pontiff.”

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First Traditional Mass at the D.C. National Shrine’s High Altar in 45 Years

Washington, DC, January 22, 2010. The Paulus Institute announced today that on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at 1 p.m., the fifth anniversary of inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI will be commemorated in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC, by a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the “Extraordinary form”—commonly known as the “Traditional Latin Mass” or “Tridentine Mass”—celebrated by the Vatican prelate Darío Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos of Colombia.

Huge mosaic of Christ coming again in judgment,
seen behind the basilica’s high altar

This will be the first such Mass said at the Shrine’s High Altar in nearly 45 years. All Catholics are invited, many of whom may never have another opportunity to attend such a Mass. Cardinal Castrillón is the President Emeritus of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (Church of God), where he assisted Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI in facilitating this Mass.

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