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Old Language Attracts The Young To Catholic Mass

The Mission of Saints Francis and Clare holds traditional Latin mass every Sunday at 402 NE 29 St. in Miami. (Jessica Meszaros/WLRN)
The Mission of Saints Francis and Clare holds traditional Latin mass every Sunday at 402 NE 29 St. in Miami. (Jessica Meszaros/WLRN)

It used to be that Roman Catholic mass was celebrated in the ancient language — Latin. But after the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, the church encouraged mass to be celebrated in the language of the people, meaning mass in Peru was celebrated in Spanish, mass in U.S. was celebrated in English.

Latin is sometimes referred to as “the dead language,” but the Latin mass is still celebrated in more than 400 churches each Sunday. It’s finding new converts among a group of young people in Miami. From Here & Now contributing station WLRNJessica Meszaros reports.

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  • Jessica Meszaros, reporter for WLRN in Miami. She tweets @JMMeszaros.

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