Fears Allayed Over Latin Mass

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Pope Benedict XVI was rumoured to have backed the reintroduction of the Latin Mass which was outlawed by the Second Vatican Council in 1965 in an effort to develop stronger relations with the Jewish community.

One part of the liturgy reads: “Let us pray also for the Jews, that the Lord our God may take the veil from their hearts and that they also may acknowledge our Lord Jesus Christ.”

David Geffen, Chief Executive of the Council for Christians and Jews, told TJ that Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor personally assured him that the prayer will not include any references to Jews if it is reintroduced.

Geffen said: “Even if it goes ahead it should not contain those bits because of the Second Vatican Council. I have every confidence that what he said is true.”

A Vatican spokesperson said a final decision on the content had not yet been made.

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