Vermont Catholics to hear Latin mass

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Vermont Catholics will be able to hear a mass in Latin today for the first time in more than 30 years.

Bishop Salvatore Matano will say the mass at 7 p.m. at the Saint Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington.

Last month Pope Benedict XVI made it easier for local dioceses across the world to give masses in Latin should they so choose.

Some Catholics believe the Latin service is more sacred than in local languages.

While the old Latin Mass was never abolished, its use became restricted after the New Mass was introduced in 1970.

Local bishops had to authorize it, and many did not, either because they did not want to or thought there was not the demand, or because they did not have priests who knew how to celebrate it.

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