CCCB President presents Canadian edition of Roman Missal to the Holy Father

Monday, November 07 2011

Photo_1(CCCB-Ottawa)… During a private audience on 7 November 2011 with Pope Benedict XVI, the Presidency of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) presented the Holy Father with a specially bound edition of the first printed copy of the revised Canadian English-language edition of the Roman Missal. The special copy included a dedication to the Holy Father. As well, the President of the Conference, the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, gave the Holy Father a copy of the book marking the opening earlier this year of the new building housing Saint Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, with the DVD produced by Salt + Light Television about this seminary. Also published by the CCCB Publications Service, this is the first volume in a series titled Lieux sacrés / A Geography of Faith. During the audience, the Holy Father blessed a number of rosaries which the CCCB President and General Secretary will later bring back to Canada as gifts. 

Photo_2The revised CCCB English-language edition of the Missal was officially launched on 17 October during the CCCB Plenary Assembly. On that occasion, the second printed copy of the Missal was presented to the Most Reverend Pedro López Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada

All English-language celebrations of the Mass following the Roman Rite in Canada are obliged to use the revised CCCB edition of the Missal as of the First Sunday of Advent, 27 November. The same day, all Eucharistic celebrations across Canada using the Roman Rite are also required to follow the revised liturgical norms in the General Instruction of the third typical edition of the Roman Missal, as approved by the Holy See and the Bishops of Canada, unless the celebration follows the “extraordinary form” of the Latin Mass from the 1962 Roman Missal.

Photo_3During their audience with Pope Benedict XVI, the CCCB President Archbishop Smith and Vice President Archbishop-elect Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, together with General Secretary Msgr. Patrick Powers, P.H., discussed with Pope Benedict XVI the major pastoral orientations and also the challenges facing the Conference and the Church in Canada

The CCCB delegation continues its visits in Rome with the major offices of the Holy See until 18 November.

Credit: Servizio Fotografico, Osservatore Romano