An unlikely ally of traditional liturgy

Although the Italian cardinal, Matteo Zuppi, is more widely known for his social activism and closeness to those on Italy’s political left, he is also friendly to adherents of the traditional liturgy, which is why on a recent evening he presided at traditional solemn Vespers in the Pantheon in Rome. The liturgy in the 1,900-year-old former Roman temple, now known as the Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs, was organized by the Institute of the Good Shepherd, a French-based society of apostolic life dedicated to the Latin Mass.