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D.C. Cardinal limits ‘traditional’ Latin Mass to three parishes, cuts long-term favorite

Cardinal Wilton Gregory, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., said Friday only three “non-parochial” churches will be allowed to offer the Traditional Latin Mass after Sept. 21.

One of the more prominent locations for the ritual taken from the 1962 Roman Missal, St. Mary Mother of God church in the District’s Chinatown, is not on the list.

Instead, the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in the District and two Maryland parishes — the Chapel at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Forest Glen and the Mission Church of St. Dominic in Aquasco — will be permitted to offer the ritual, only on Sundays.