News about the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops, gathered in Baltimore for their fall general assembly, voted Nov. 14 to add Oct. 22 as an optional memorial for Blessed John Paul II in the proper of saints calendar for the United States. The next day, the bishops voted to add an optional memorial for Blessed Marianne Cope, who ministered in Hawaii to people with Hansen's disease. Oct. 22 was recommended as the memorial for Pope John Paul by the bishops' Committee on Divine Worship when it met in June. The date is the late pope's feast day and the anniversary of his installation as pope in 1978. He was beatified May 1. "The only thing we don't know about the (Mother Marianne) memorial is the date," Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans, committee chairman, said Nov. 15 after the votes were cast authorizing a memorial for the New York-born nun and a Spanish-language Mass text for the memorial. "We are in conversation with the Holy See" as to which date shall be chosen, he added. Jan. 23 had been suggested as the memorial for Mother Marianne by the Vatican following her beatification in 2005, according to a Nov. 14 presentation on the memorials. Archbishop Aymond, speaking on the first day of the bishops' three-day meeting in Baltimore, said the date for such memorials are typically set for the date of the person's death, which in Mother Marianne's case was Aug. 9, 1918. However, that date is the feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), who died Aug. 9, 1942. Jan. 23 is the optional memorial in the United States for St. Vincent the deacon and martyr. That date was transferred from Jan. 22 so that the U.S. church can observe the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children -- which itself shifts to Jan. 23 when Jan. 22 falls on a Sunday

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