First time in 45 years: Cardinal to celebrate traditional Latin Mass at National Shrine of Immaculate Conception

To mark the fifth anniversary of the inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI, a traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Pontifical Solemn High Mass will be celebrated on April 24 at 1 p.m. by Cardinal Dar-o Castrill-n Hoyos of Colombia. The cardinal is president emeritus of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which facilitates the use of the Mass in the “Extraordinary Form.” The Mass is sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Paulus Institute for “the unity of the entire Catholic community.” According to the Paulus Institute, the Tridentine Mass will be the first such Mass said at the Shrine’s High Altar in nearly 45 years.