It was announced in the most recent edition of L’Osservatore Romano that Pope Francis will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first celebration of the liturgy in the vernacular by Paul VI. On March 7 at 6:00 PM, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the church of All Saints on the via Appia Nuova. This was the same parish where Paul VI celebrated in the vernacular for the first time.
No doubt this announcement will have some up in arms, but for many in the Church this is yet another chance to celebrate the successful reforms of Vatican II.
It will be interesting to see what he says during his homily. Pope Francis has been careful not to tread into the stormy seas of the liturgical wars of yesteryear. Rather than tell us his thoughts on how liturgy should be celebrated, he has shown us. This Mass, however, will provide him with a chance to talk directly about the liturgical reforms of Vatican II. We will see if he takes the bait.
In other news, Pope Francis announced yesterday that he will travel in June to Sarajevo, the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the modern capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It appears that Pope Francis has no desire to slow down anytime soon.