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Pope's daily Mass shows sharing liturgy a form of service, says bishop

(April 25, 2013) Pope's daily Mass shows sharing liturgy is form of service, bishop says
A French bishop, who began organizing a liturgical conference inspired by the teaching of Pope Benedict XVI months before the pope's resignation, said the new Pope Francis further demonstrates the importance of the Mass. Bishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon said the fact that Pope Francis, known for his great dedication to serving the poor, begins each day by celebrating an early morning Mass with Vatican employees, demonstrates his view of the liturgy as fundamentally a service.”
The Mass is "the most important service the church gives for holiness and the transformation of the world," the bishop told Catholic News Service on Wednesday (April 24), after a brief presentation of his plans for the "Sacra Liturgia" conference in Rome in June. Bishop Rey said Pope Francis is "a pope of proximity," who draws near to all sorts of people, and his early morning Mass with employees is a sign that the pope believes that "for a bishop or a priest, the most important charity he can give is to celebrate the Mass." The June Conference in Rome includes several speakers among them Sri Lankan Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo.


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