Vatican Urges Catholics to Return to Public Sunday Worship

Vatican Urges Catholics to Return to Public Sunday Worship


ROME — The Vatican has issued a letter to the world’s bishops urging the resumption of public Sunday Masses, stressing that “it is necessary and urgent to return to the normality of Christian life.”

The letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the presidents of the Episcopal Conferences, titled “Let us return to the Eucharist with joy!”, was released on Saturday morning and published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

“The Christian community has never pursued isolation and has never made the church a city with closed doors,” writes Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah in the letter, which bears the explicit approval of Pope Francis.

The “community dimension” of Christian worship is essential, the cardinal writes, and constitutes “a fundamental trait of Christian life,” according to Jesus’s teaching that “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

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