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Archbishop Arthur Roche at a Vatican press conference on Feb. 10, 2015. Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican Liturgy Office Issues Guidelines for Catechist Ministry

Dec 13, 2021

Pope Francis created the instituted lay ministry of catechist in May.

Pontificio Sant'Anselmo, Rome/ ElijahOwens via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Increasing Influence of Rome-based Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Sant'Anselmo

Jul 22, 2021

 The new secretary and undersecretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship both have studied at the Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo, an institute in Rome whose school of liturgy has had increasing influence in liturgical norms coming from the Vatican.

Archbishop Arthur Roche and Cardinal Robert Sarah/ Bohumil Petrik/Paul Badde/CNA

Successor to Robert Cardinal Sarah at Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship Appointed

May 27, 2021

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Arthur Roche on Thursday as the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

St. Joseph carrying the Child Jesus on the left arm by Pieter van Lint./ Public Domain.

Vatican Adds Seven Invocations to Litany of St. Joseph

May 1, 2021

The Vatican's divine worship office announced Saturday the addition of seven new invocations to the Litany of St. Joseph.

Pope Francis addresses participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the auletta of the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 14, 2019. / Vatican Media.

Visitation at Vatican’s Liturgy Office Before Cardinal Sarah’s Successor Announced

Mar 17, 2021

An Italian bishop is carrying out a visitation at the Vatican’s liturgy office less than a month after Cardinal Robert Sarah resigned as prefect.

Cardinal Robert Sarah. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Pope Francis Accepts Robert Cardinal Sarah's Resignation from Divine Worship Congregation

Feb 20, 2021

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Toward Holy Week 2021: Vatican Issues Guidelines for Catholics amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Feb 17, 2021

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued guidelines on Wednesday for the celebration of Holy Week this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in Rome on Nov. 25, 2014. Credit: Paul Badde.

Vatican Permits Priests to Say up to four Masses on Christmas Day

Dec 17, 2020

The Vatican’s liturgy congregation will permit priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on Jan. 1, and Epiphany to accommodate more worshippers amid the pandemic.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

"We must return to the Eucharist": Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal

Sep 13, 2020

In a letter to the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences, the head of the Vatican’s office for worship and sacraments said that Catholic communities should return to Mass as soon as it can be done safely, and that the Christian life cannot be sustained without the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Christian community of the Church.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Cardinal Sarah Remains Head of Vatican Liturgy Department after 75th Birthday

Jun 19, 2020

Cardinal Robert Sarah said Wednesday he would continue to serve as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship beyond his 75th birthday.

'Quomodo sedet sola civitas' - a stripped altar on Holy Thursday 2015 at Mater Dei parish in Irving, Texas. Credit: Mater Dei Latin Mass parish via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Vatican Updates Guidelines for Holy Week Liturgies During Coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020

After dioceses throughout the world suspended public Masses amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Congregation for Divine Worship has updated its decree on Holy Week liturgies.