Apostolic Letter Desiderio Desideravi (Pope Francis)

Published on 8th Jul, 2022

Pope Francis has written the Apostolic Letter Desiderio Desideravi to recall the profound meaning of Eucharistic celebrations as they emerged from the Second Vatican Council.

It follows his motu proprio Traditionis custodes (Guardians of the Tradition) of 16 July 2021, which restricted the celebration of the Tridentine (“Latin”) Mass.

In Desiderio Desideravi. published on Wednesday 29 June 2022 Rome time, Pope Francis wrote that not embracing the Vatican II liturgical reform, as well as having a superficial understanding of it, distract from what truly matters: “How do we continue to let ourselves be amazed at what happens in the celebration under our very eyes? We are in need of a serious and dynamic liturgical formation.”

The Apostolic Letter is addressed to “the Bishops, Priests and Deacons, to consecrated men and women, and to the lay faithful.”

The full text of the Letter can be read in PDF format here,  and read on the Vatican News website here. The National Liturgy Office has more information and a video here.

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