(ROME) Like the song says—no, there’s really not much news to tell you. The conclave is all set. Tomorrow is the big day. Solemn Mass will be offered at 10 am in St Peter’s by the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Cardinal Sodano.
Trusting Cardinals and Predicting Popes
By Michael J. Matt
(ROME) This morning I went to Mass in St. Peter’s. We’ve been hearing rumors for years that indeed the Traditional Latin Mass is no longer difficult to find on any one of its numerous altars, and even every day; but, naturally, I was eager to confirm this for myself.
I wasn’t inside for more than a moment when I discovered a traditional Mass that had just begun at the prominent Altar of the Transfiguration, wherein rest the mortal remains of Pope Innocent XI.
I knelt down and heard Mass, which the celebrant offered to perfection. After Mass I chatted with him for a moment. He was filling in for the regular celebrant, but is a diocesan priest from Peoria, Msgr. Soseman, who (I later learned) enjoys a reputation as a learned and holy priest here in Rome. He couldn’t have been more congenial. Yes, he confirmed, the Traditional Latin Mass is indeed being celebrated every day in the Basilica of St Peter. Who would ever have imagined such a thing! Thank you, Pope Benedict.