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Altar servers kneel during Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome (CNS photo)

The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has clarified that female altar servers are not allowed at Extraordinary Form Masses

Priest, deacon and subdeacon saying prayers at the foot of the altar (Picture: LMS)

Old rite training at Buckfast Abbey

More than 30 clerics and lay men attend the Latin Mass Society’s seventh conference at Buckfast Abbey in Devon

Altar servers pictured at an Extraordinary Form Mass at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

I agree with Fr Alban McCoy’s decision even though I am not, in fact, in favour of altar girls

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful after the Regina Caeli yesterday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated the old Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (CNS photo)

The Instruction insists that the whole Church should have access to its riches, says Dr Alcuin Reid

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated the Extraordinary Form Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (CNS photo)

There are too many difficulties attending both the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite

Pope’s ‘reform of the reform’ in liturgy to continue

Cardinal Kurt Koch of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity says the Pope has launched a new liturgical reform

Bishop Edward Slattery celebrates a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Washington (CNS photo)

And what exactly constitutes a ‘pastoral need’?

Bishop Edward Slattery celebrates a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Washington (CNS photo)

Seminaries should train priests in the Extraordinary Form ‘if pastoral needs suggest it’, the Vatican’s instruction says

Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, pictured with Pope Benedict XVI, signed the long-awaited Instruction (CNS photo)

Here we publish the full text of the Vatican’s long-awaited instruction, Universae Ecclesiae