Over 1,000 anti-reformist Roman Catholics from all over Europe attended a traditional Latin mass at the Colosseum in Rome today (Sunday) to show their disapproval of changes in the Mass authorised by Pope Paul.
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Background: Over 1,000 anti-reformist Roman Catholics from all over Europe attended a traditional Latin mass at the Colosseum in Rome today (Sunday) to show their disapproval of changes in the Mass authorised by Pope Paul.
The Mass, celebrated by Abbe Louis Coache of France, was held in one of the corridors of the Colosseum, the famous Roman landmark where Christians were once persecuted for their faith.
The traditionalists contend that they themselves are now being persecuted by Church authorities for their devotion to the old Latin liturgy of the Mass.
Many carried placards bearing slogans defending their stand against any changes in the liturgy of the Church of Rome.
After the service, many of the worshippers joined a march of traditionalists through the streets of Rome. The march ended in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, where an all-night vigil of protest was planned.
Other protesters went this afternoon to pray at the tomb of Saint Pius, the Pope who gave the church the Latin Mass 400 years ago.
Most traditionalists are completely against the new Mass and refer to it as the "Montini Mass", Montini being Pope Paul's name. A spokesman said that although they objected in every way to the Pope's reformist attitude, they were hoping for an audience with His Holiness to present their protests personally.