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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

Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, are pictured at a joint service yesterday (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture (CNS/Catholic Press Photo)

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Bishop Edward Slattery celebrates a solemn high Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Washington (Photo: CNS)

Petition appeals to Benedict XVI not to approve a document that reportedly restricts celebrations of the traditional Mass

Prime Minister David Cameron. Left, listens to the Pope during the departure ceremony at Birmingham Airport last September (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

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Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the faithful during his weekly general audience (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Priests studying the Extraordinary Form at a training conference organised by the Latin Mass Society

Poll suggests that 43 per cent of practising Catholics would attend traditional Mass every week if it was offered in their parish