Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Stricter norms for mandatory feast days

~from CNS

Pope Benedict XVI has approved stricter guidelines for determining which saints will be remembered with mandatory feast days.

The General Roman Calendar, the universal schedule of holy days and feast days for the Latin rite of the Catholic Church, is so packed that more selectivity is needed, according to new norms and a commentary published in the official bulletin of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

The pope determines who makes the universal calendar based on recommendations from the congregation, the commentary said. And, according to the new norms published in the bulletin in mid-May, those recommendations will be more difficult to obtain.

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