Monday, February 01, 2010

Press Release on the Forthcoming Pontifical Mass of Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos in Washington DC Basilica

Readers may recall the announcement Jeffrey made on January 19th about a forthcoming Solemn Pontifical Mass to be offered by Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos in the usus antiquior within the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.

A press release came into the NLM a few days ago, which gives further details and setting for the event. Here are some excerpts.

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.

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...


The Paulus Institute in Washington DC is sponsoring the Mass. “We are honored that His Eminence Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos will be celebrating this Mass at our invitation, especially on the anniversary of Pope Benedict’s inauguration and at the High Altar of the National Shrine,” said Institute President Paul King. “It is a privilege to recognize the Pope on this auspicious occasion and assist his call to give due honor to the 1500-year old Mass for its ‘venerable and ancient usage.’”

“We are inviting all Catholics to this Mass for the unity of the entire Catholic community, including those unfamiliar with it and particularly young adults and families.”

For additional information on the Pontifical Mass and The Paulus Institute’s activities, go to:

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Contact: Paul N. King

Mail: The Paulus Institute
PO Box 30172
Bethesda MD 20824

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