Here below, the text of a March 12 Vatican directive, issued in Italian, which has become a bit of a controversy over the past three days.

    The text regulates the number of Masses allowed to be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica each day. Up until now, dozens and dozens of Masses have been celebrated each day at the 45 altars and in the 11 chapels of the basilica.

    Point 1 says that all of these individual Masses will now be “suppressed,” and Point 2 says all of the Masses will be gathered together into four Masses concelebrated by many priests at once.

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