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Gregorius Magnus – 17 – International Federation Una Voce

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General Assembly 2023

 As President of the International Una Voce Federation I hereby give notice for the


to be held at

 Istituto Maria Santissima Bambina, Via Paolo VI, 21, 00193 Rome

 on Saturday 28th October at 3pm

 Participation by Zoom will also be possible.

Delegation and Procuration

All Member Associations should be represented by a delegate, who may be accompanied by up to three other members of his member association in the General Assembly (Statutes, 6.4). The delegate shall exercise his Member Association’s vote. Any Member Association unable to send a delegate is requested to arrange for another Member Association to exercise its vote by procuration (proxy) (Statutes, 6.5).

International Federation Una Voce (with One Voice!) has published the latest issue of Gregorius Magnus

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From the FIUV President, Joseph Shaw

Gregorius Magnus 15 is published!

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Past issues

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Gregorius Magnus 14

Gregorius Magnus 13

Gregorius Magnus 12

Gregorius Magnus 11

Gregorius Magnus 10

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FIUV General Assembly, 2023

Advance notice for member associations: this will take place on Saturday 28th July at 3pm, at Istituto Maria Santissima Bambina, Via Paolo VI, 21, 00193 Rome.

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The latest Gregorius Magnus includes articles from Malawi, Australia, New Zealand, and Ukraine, plus our regular selection of magazine articles from member associations in England, Germany, and France, book reviews, responses to the Responsa ad dubia, and a photographic report on the 2021 Summorum Pontificum–Ad Petri sedem Pilgrimage.
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26 July 2021

The Latin Mass Society of New Zealand, an affiliate of the International Federation Una Voce established in 1965 (FIUV), the world-wide organisation of lay faithful attached to the Traditional Latin Mass hereby endorses their statement released on 19 July 2021.

We share the disappointment expressed in that statement regarding new restrictions on the celebration and promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass as stated in the moto proprio of Pope Francis, Traditionis Custodes:

 “…as sons and daughters of the Church we wish to express our sadness over the restrictions on our ability to continue to nourish our spiritual lives using parish churches, as any Catholic would like to do.  If there is one thing we fervently desire, it is to be able to live a normal life without being forced to use hidden or inaccessible spaces.

 We believe that the beautiful spiritual fruits of this Missal should be shared, and we pray that we can be instruments of God inside and outside the Church.

 The International Federation is deeply grateful to each of the Bishops who are generously providing for the faithful attached to the ancient Mass In their dioceses and to the Priests entrusted with the care of their souls.

 Una Voce groups all over the world are united in prayer, as always, with their bishops and with the Pope…”

Felipe Alanis Suarez

18 of July 2021

Neil A Coup

Melda F Townsley
National Secretary

FIUV Report 2020

Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce
Report for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
The Implementation of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum
in Dioceses Around the World 2007-2020.

In 2020 the Federation presented this report to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to complement reports sent by bishops around the world on the same subject, which had been requested by the CDF at the request of Pope Francis.

The Federation’s Report will not be published in full but a good deal of material from it will be published in different places, and this page will be updated with links to these materials.

Gregorius Magnus 10 has an account of the motivation, methodology, results, and conclusions of the reports. More is included Gregorius Magnus 11(Spring 2021)

On the demographic profile of EF congregations, you can download a table of statistics here.

Rorate Caeli has an article about Latin America drawing on the Report. (In Spanish, here.)

The Homiletic and Pastoral Review has a piece about the demographic profile of EF attendees, here. There is a brief notice and response to the article on the website of the German Bishops’ Conference (in German) here.


The Una Voce Federation [of whom we are a member] has taken out an advert in the mass-circulation Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica, appearing today, Sunday 4th July.The English text is as following (for other languages see here):

Living the faith, living the future:
The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Declaration of the International Federation Una Voce

The International Federation Una Voce (FIUV), founded in 1965, brings together associations of the lay faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite (the Traditional Latin Mass).

In 2007, the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum recognised the vitality of the traditional liturgy, the freedom of priests to celebrate it, and of the faithful to request it. This has led to an ongoing increase in the number of celebrations of the ancient Latin Mass, and of its spiritual fruits.

During 2020 the FIUV conducted a worldwide survey of the faithful on the implementation of Summorum Pontificum. From this survey, which included results from 364 dioceses in 52 countries, we found:

•    The ancient Latin Mass is deeply appreciated by groups of faithful of all ages, especially families with children, young people and converts, found in all social and cultural environments, on all continents and in an ever increasing number of countries.

• In many areas the increased availability of this Mass has favoured the normalisation of relations between the faithful attached to it and their bishops, relations increasingly characterised by mutual understanding and respect.

Nevertheless, we have noticed that, contrary to the previous policy of the Holy See, there are still people within the Church, including some bishops, who would like to see the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite explicitly suppressed, or subject to further restrictions. For this reason, the FIUV, in view of the faithful who adhere to the Latin Mass, feels the duty to express its opinion, encouraged by Pope Francis’ exhortations to the members of the Church to use parrhesia with the necessary humility.

The growth of interest in the traditional liturgy is not due to nostalgia for a time we do not remember, or a desire for rigidity: it is rather a matter of opening ourselves to the value of something that for most of us is new, and inspires hope. Pope Francis has characterised the ancient liturgy in terms of a “sense of adoration” (Press conference of 28 July 2013), we can also apply his words to it: a “living history that welcomes us and pushes us forward” (Evangelii Gaudium 13).

Today we only wish to be part of that “great orchestra” of “unity in variety” which, as Pope Francis said (General Audience of 9 October 2013), reflects the true catholicity of the Church. The Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum continues to transform the conflicts of the past into harmony: long may it to continue to do so.

Felipe Alanis Suarez, President                                                                              


Some details from the international survey are set out in here.


The latest edition of Gregorius Magnus is now available, for Spring 2021.

Gregorius Magnus 11 pdf download

It includes a report on the events in Rome last October, in place of the usual Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage.

It also includes a key passage from the French Bishops’ summary report to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the implementation of Summorum Pontificum, in an English translation published for the first time.

As usual it also includes translations of articles from the quarterly magazines of Una Voce France and Pro Missa Tridentina of Germany, as well as an article from the Latin Mass Society’s Mass of Ages, and news and reflections first published here, from Croatia, Romania, and Poland.

It is free to download as a pdf, or to view on the ISSUU website and app for mobile devices.

with thanks to the International Una Voce Federation

A press release from the FIUV. PDF version here.

Foederatio Internationalis 

Una Voce

Quae patronum invocat sanctum Gregorium Magnum Papam.

Press Release: Communion on the Tongue and Epidemic

In light of the recent statement (and here) by Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, in the United States of America, on social distancing during the reception of Holy Communion, and related issues surrounding the reception of Holy Communion around the world in the context of the Coronavirus epidemic, the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV) would like to make the following observations.

  1. In the Ordinary Form, the universal law of the Church gives every Catholic the right to receive on the tongue. This was reaffirmed by the Congregation of Divine Worship in the context of earlier public health concerns, the so-called ‘Swine flu’ epidemic of 2009. (See for exampleRedemptionisSacramentum(2004) 92; Letter of the Congregation of Divine Worship 24th July 2009, Prot. N. 655/09/L.)
  1. In the Extraordinary Form, the universal law of the Church allows for the reception of Holy Communion only on the tongue. (SeeUniversaeEcclesiae(2011) 28; MemorialeDomini (1969).)
  1. In neither case can the law of the Church be set aside by the Ordinary.
  1. The problem of maintaining physical distance between Minister and Communicant during the Reception of Holy Communion applies equally to Reception in the Hand as to Reception on the Tongue. In both cases Minister and Communicant are obliged to come close to each other, if only for a short time, and without touching. It is difficult to see how even the use of an instrument such as a pair of tongs (for which there are historical precedents) would enable Minister and Communicant to maintain a distance of six feet or two meters.
  1. Canon law is rightly very restrictive in the penalties which bishops can impose on their priests for the breach of regulations of their own devising. Bishop Rodi’s attempt to prohibit priests who do not obey his regulations to celebrate public Masses—something which amounts to a partial suspension of a priest—goes beyond what Canon law would appear to justify. (SeeCanons1316-1319).
  1. It has become increasingly evident that there is no clear scientific basis for the claim that Reception on the Tongue is more likely to transmit the Coronavirus than Reception in the Hand. This has been the expert advice given toArchbishop Sample of Portland, Oregon, USA, and toArchbishop José Antonio Eguren, of Piura, Peru, and it is also the view of the experts involved in the guidelines of the Thomistic Institute of Washington, DC, in the USA. If any bishops around the world are in possession of studies or expert opinions in conflict with this growing consensus, it behooves them to make these public as a matter of urgency.
  1. Where local circumstances demand it, the suspension of the Reception of Holy Communion, of the celebration of Masses open to the public, and even the opening of churches for private prayer, have been ordered by bishops and public authorities. These measures are at least even-handed and, insofar as they are justified by genuine public health concerns, do not infringe the rights of the Faithful. As these measures are gradually lifted around the world, we urge bishops to continue to act in accordance with expert advice, not arbitrarily picking out certain priests and faithful for greater restrictions than those imposed on others, and with respect for the rights of the Faithful.

The President and Officers of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, 8th June 2020



The FIUV represents the needs and concerns of the world-wide laity attached to the ancient Latin liturgical tradition, the Extraordinary Form. It has more than 45 member associations from Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia.

The Federation has a biennial General Assembly in Rome, and publishes a magazine twice a year, Gregorius Magnus.



President, Felipe Alanís Suarez:

Secretary, Dr Joseph Shaw:

Treasurer, Monika Rheinschmitt:

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The latest edition of Gregorius Magnus is available for download:

Gregorius Magnus is published by the Foederatio Internationalis Una
Voce. The FIUV is a lay movement within the Catholic Church, founded in Rome in 1965 and erected formally in Zürich in January 1967.  The principal aims of the FIUV are to ensure that the Missale Romanum promulgated by Blessed Pope John XXIII in 1962 is maintained in the Church as one of the forms of liturgical celebration, to obtain freedom of use for all other Roman liturgical books enshrining “previous liturgical and disciplinary forms of the Latin tradition” and to safeguard and promote the use of Latin, Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony.


There is an interesting article on page 3:

The Right Honorable Lord Gill

I Introduction
It is an honour to be invited to give this talk to the Historical Association. My subject is
the liturgical aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. I begin by making it clear that I am
neither a historian nor a theologian nor a liturgist. The only qualifications that I have to
speak on the subject are that I am one of the dwindling band of Catholics who have lived
in two eras of the Catholic Church and that I have been personally involved in some of the
history that I will describe, as a Patron and life member of the Latin Mass Society, as the
Honorary President of Una Voce Scotland and as a former Counsellor of the International
Federation Una Voce.

First of all, what is this talk all about? It is not a piece of advocacy for or against the old rite or
the new rite of the Catholic Mass. The scheme of this talk is as follows:
I shall describe the introduction of the new rite and the profound changes that it caused. Then
I shall relate the history of the suppression of the old rite in the immediate aftermath of the
new rite. Then I shall describe the history that culminated in 2007 in the restoration of the old rite to parity with the new. Lastly, I shall review some of the consequences of the restoration in the life
of the Church. In doing so, I shall try to answer questions that may be of interest to historians: for example, why did Pope Paul VI and his bishops consider it expedient to suppress the old rite? What
strategic errors were made on both sides of the controversy? Was it inevitable that in the end the the rite would be restored? And if so, what circumstances made it so?

Continue at:

In response to the Bishops of England and Wales decision to petition the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei for a change to the Good Friday Prayer for the Conversion of the Jews used in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass – as reported in the Catholic Herald:

The International Una Voce Federation (of which Ecclesia Dei Society of New Zealand is a member) has released the following press release:

Thursday, 3 December 2015


The Prayer for the Jews used in the Extraordinary Form Good Friday Liturgy continues to be a source of comment and misunderstanding, and the FIUV wishes to respond as follows.

Statement by the President of the FIUV, Felipe Alanís Suárez

It was to avoid misunderstandings of the Prayer for the Jews that Pope Benedict XVI composed the 2008 version of the prayer, which is clearly based on what is essential to Christianity: the acceptance of Christ as the saviour of the whole world, and the desire that all persons be saved. Jews are mentioned because of their special role in the history of salvation, and the special concern we must have for our ‘elder brothers’ (as Pope St John Paul II called them). The prayer looks forward to the incorporation of the Jewish people, of which Our Lord Jesus Christ and His first disciples were all members, in the salvation won for the human race by Christ on the Cross, a reconciliation which, as St Paul teaches, will be fulfilled only towards the end of history.

The FIUV is convinced that any possible continuing misunderstanding regarding the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews can be resolved in the context of the Magisterium of the Church, without veiling the treasures of our Faith.

We, as faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, acknowledge that to ask of our Lord for the grace of sharing with all our brothers the joy of salvation in Jesus Christ, is an act of humility and selfless love, and a spiritual work of mercy.

The FIUV entirely rejects all hatred and hostility towards the Jewish people, and all forms of unjust discrimination.

Further observations

  1. Although the Novus Ordo Good Friday Prayer for the Jews does not explicitly refer to Jews acknowledging Christ as Saviour, other prayers in the revised liturgy do so. The Novus Ordo Vespers of Easter Sunday includes the prayer ‘Let Israel recognize in you the Messiah it has longed for’; the Morning Office of 30th December includes the prayer ‘Christ, Son of David, fulfilment of the prophecies, may the Jewish people accept you as their awaited Deliverer [Latin: Messiah].’
  1. In their daily prayers, Jews pray for the conversion of ‘all of the impious of the earth’. Rabbi Jacob Neusner, responding to criticisms of the 2008 Prayer for the Jews, pointed out the parallel with the Prayer for the Jews and remarked ‘The Catholic prayer manifests the same altruistic spirit that characterizes the faith of Judaism.’ (Die Tagespost,23 Feb 2008)[1]
  1. Walter, Cardinal Kasper, defended the 2008 prayer, explaining that a hope that Jews accept Christ, which may be fulfilled only by God, rather than by targeted proselytism, and eschatologically (at the end of history), is nothing more than a necessary consequence of the Christian faith.

A sincere dialogue between Jews and Christians, …is possible only, on the one hand, on the basis of a shared faith in one God, creator of heaven and earth, and in the promises made to Abraham and to the Fathers; and on the other, in the awareness and respect of the fundamental difference that consists in faith in Jesus as Christ and Redeemer of all men. (L’Osservatore Romano 10th April 2008)[2]


  1. The prayer used today in the Extraordinary Form was composed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, in response to concerns about the wording of the previously used prayer, and runs as follows:

Let us also pray for the Jews: that our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ is the Saviour of all men.

  1. It is recited, in Latin, once a year, in the small number of churches worldwide where the Good Friday Liturgy is celebrated in the Extraordinary Form. It forms part of a series of prayers for different categories of persons, both within and without the Church, the latter including heretics and pagans. In each case the celebrant prays for God’s graces for them. This pattern is followed in the reformed, 1970 (‘Novus Ordo’) Missal, although the wording of the prayers is different.[3]
  1. The prayer is based on Scripture, notably St Paul. The image of ‘light’ penetrating the hearts of the Jews is drawn from 2 Cor 4:3-6; St Paul speaks of the eventual conversion of the Jews in Romans 11:25-26. Romans 11:29 says of the Jewish Covenant that God ‘never revokes His promises’, which is quoted by Vatican II’s Nostra aetate, and by Pope St John Paul II, as the basis for a special affection and respect which Christians owe the Jewish people.[4]

[1] The full text of the article can be seen in English here:

[2] The full text can be found in English here:

[3] The different versions of the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews can be found on Wikipedia:

[4] Romans 11:29: ‘For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.’ Quoted by Nostra aetate 4, and Pope St Jophn Paul II in his Address to the Jewish Community of Berlin on 17th November 1980.


Those new to the Traditional Latin Mass may not be aware that the Ecclesia Dei Society of New Zealand is a member of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce or simply Una Voce (Latin for “With One Voice”, from the Preface to the Roman Canon) which is an international federation of Catholic lay organizations attached to the Tridentine Mass, colloquially known as “the Latin Mass” (though there are several Catholic masses in Latin).

A Brief History

The Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (or FIUV) was founded on December 19, 1964 in Paris by Georges Cerbelaud-Salagnac in order to promote the Tridentine mass from the Pre-Vatican II Missale Romanum (1962).  Una Voce argues that while the Second Vatican Council had introduced vernacular liturgies, it did not actually forbid the Latin mass, and that regular weekday and Sunday masses in Latin should be maintained. Una Voce also seeks to promote Latin Gregorian Chant, sacred polyphony and sacred art.  Una Voce seeks to remain faithful to the Pope within the Roman Catholic Church and asserts that the Tridentine and the vernacular masses should be allowed to co-exist. Among prominent early members were the composers Maurice Duruflé and Olivier Messiaen.[3][8]

A number of national associations developed during 1964 and 1965, and in 1966 an international association, the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce was formed. It currently has 41 national affiliates (including the Ecclesia Dei Society of New Zealand).

Una Voce members value the traditional Latin Mass as a direct link with the early Church and for conveying the mystery and majesty of God.

Una Voce was enthusiastic about the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger  as the Pope in 2005.  He praised Una Voce’s role in supporting the use of the Roman Missal within the guidelines set out by the Vatican. Una Voce’s influence at the highest levels of the Vatican has led to the authorization of the Tridentine Mass without specific permission or indult by local bishops, and the wider implementation of Benedict XVI’s motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum.

Pope Benedict confirmed in his motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, that the Traditional Latin Mass had indeed never been abrogated which Una Voce had contended since the Second Vatican Council.  More information can be found on the international website of Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce: