Letter 84 published 6 June 2017



We are happy to release the full programme of the next Roman liturgical colloquium and pilgrimage on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. Detailed information (registration, accommodation, etc.) can be found on the official website.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

9:00 - 18:00 Fifth Annual Colloquium on Summorum Pontificum: “A Renewed Youthfulness for the Whole Church” (see detailed programme below), Angelicum University

18:30 Vespers for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrated by His Excellency, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Basilica di San Marco Evangelista al Campidoglio (Piazza Venezia)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Free morning for personal devotions and private visits

16:00 Way of the Cross (Colosseum area) led by the Institute of the Good Shepherd

19:00 Solemn Mass celebrated by Rev. Mons. Gilles Wach, Superior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Saturday, 16 September 2017

9:00 Eucharistic Adoration, Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova)

9:45 Solemn Procession through the streets of Rome led by His Excellency, Archbishop Guido Pozzo

11:00 Pontifical Mass celebrated by His Eminence, Carlo Cardinal Caffara, St. Peter’s Basilica, with choir directed by maestro Aurelio Porfiri

13:30 Buffet lunch for clergy, sponsored by Paix Liturgique and the FIUV (registration required)

Free afternoon for personal devotions and private visits

Sunday, 17 September 2017

11:00 Solemn Mass according to the Dominican Rite, celebrated by Fr. Dominique Marie de Saint-Laumer, Prior of the Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer, Chiesa di Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini

Rome, Angelicum University - September 14, 2017
Summorum Pontificum: A Renewed Youthfulness for the Whole Church

9:00 Registration

9:30 Greetings by Fr. Vincenzo M. Nuara, OP, Moderator of Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum and Chaplain of Giovani e Tradizione

10:00 Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei:
-> Summorum Pontificum 10 years on: Review and Perspectives

10:30 His Eminence Gerhard Cardinal Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith and President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei:
-> Dogma and Liturgy

11:15 Break

11:30 Fr. Marino Neri, Secretary of Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum:
Presentation of the Proceedings of the Fourth Colloquium on Summorum Pontificum from 2015

11:45 Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau, Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Fontgombault:
-> Fruits of the Grace of Summorum Pontificum for Monastic and Priestly Life

12:30 Martin Mosebach, writer and essayist:
-> Holy Routine: on the Mystery of Repetition

13:30 Lunch break

15:30 His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
and the Discipline of Sacraments:
-> Silence and the Primacy of God in the Sacred Liturgy

16:15 Monsignor Markus Graulich, Under Secretary of the Pontifical Council
for Legislative Texts.
-> From the Indult to a Universal Law of the Church: a Canonical Reading of Summorum Pontificum

16:45 Break

17:15 Ettore Gotti Tedeschi (former President of IOR):
-> The “Economy” of Sacred Liturgy

18:00 Conclusion

NB: There will be simultaneous translation into English of every talk.


1) 4 days, 7 liturgical talks, 4 solemn ceremonies, 3 cardinals and 2 archbishops: these are the notable figures of this most important September Roman event. 10 years since its promulgation, everyone agrees that Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum is one of the key components of Pope Benedict XVI's legacy. Some may wish to see Pope Francis or Pope Benedict himself taking part in this anniversary celebration, but, if we recall the situation in 2006 of the Traditional Latin Mass, now called the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, we should all rejoice and thank God for this wonderful gift to the Church.

2) It's a great joy to see that Cardinal Sarah has confirmed his participation in an event exclusively linked to the celebration of the usus antiquior. Although he will not be celebrating a liturgy, he will be presenting an important talk, as he has done at Sacra Liturgia London in 2016 and at the 18th Cologne Liturgical Conference last March, where liturgies are celebrated utroque usu, that is to say, in both forms of the Roman Rite.

3) We anticipate a huge participation of Italian pilgrims on Saturday 16, September 2017, since Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, long-time interpreter of St. John Paul II teachings on the family, will celebrate Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. When he was Archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Caffarra supported his priests who wished to follow Summorum Pontificum and made provision for restoring communion on the tongue in the major basilicas of his archdiocese. He is also one of the signatories of the Dubia and doesn't fear to speak up when necessary.

4) In Saint Peter's, Maestro Aurelio Porfiri -- editor of Altare Dei, a very interesting liturgical online magazine -- will direct a Mass which he will specially compose for the occasion. This bold initiative aims to show that the ancient Roman liturgy is more alive than ever and always capable of offering new artistic and spiritual treasures to the Universal Church.

5) As one of the two sponsors, we would like to point out the social moment that will be offered to the clergy on Saturday 16, September 2017, right after the Mass in St. Peter's. Last year we organized such an event for the first time and it was a much appreciated moment of Christian fellowship. The location, Palazzo Cesi, on top of Via della Conciliazione, is pleasant and is close to St. Peter’s Basilica but space is limited: hence, dear Fathers, please do register (it's free and easy) by using this form. This year, we'll welcome you together with the FIUV (International Una Voce Federation) which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation.

> For those who won't be able to travel to Rome, it is possible to support the organizers through Paypal (please mention "Summorum Pontificum 2017" as the purpose of your donation).