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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Primate of Ireland, celebrates Mass (PA)

The Irish bishops’ conference urged priests to buy the new altar edition for use in parishes

Vatican doctrinal chief Cardinal Gerhard Müller (CNS)

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Composer John Cage in the anechoic chamber at Harvard University

What John Cage can teach us about the Mass

The avant-garde composer’s infamous piece reminds us that we need silence

Inside St Agatha's church in Portsmouth (

During a visit to St Agatha’s in Portsmouth, I took part in the Ordinariate’s beautiful new liturgy

What would you prefer at your wedding, Pam Ayres or King David? (PA)

The bishops of England and Wales are right about secular poems at weddings

'The choice of music at Mass matters as much as the quality of the sermon' (cartoon by Christian Adams)

Can Bad Catholic Music be stopped?

When Benedict XVI was in his prime choirmasters quietly reintroduced chant and polyphony to Catholic parishes. But it may have been too little too late

The Sistine Chapel Choir will record the hymn (CNS)

Paul Inwood was among 90 composers to submit a composition to the Vatican

Pope Francis preaches during Mass at Ognissanti parish in Rome (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pontiff says Blessed Paul VI ‘inaugurated the liturgical reform’ with Mass in 1965

Pope Francis elevates the chalice during a Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome (Photo: CNS)

The Pope will visit the parish in Rome where Blessed Paul VI celebrated his first public Mass in Italian

Pope Francis and Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal vicar for Rome (Photo: CNS)

Famous preachers used to attract people far and wide – sadly that tradition no longer continues