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Tridentine mass

The Tridentine Mass is the common term used to refer to the Roman Rite Mass of the Roman Catholic Church as contained in the successive editions of the Roman Missal promulgated from 1570 to 1962. Because the last edition of the Tridentine Roman Missal was issued by Pope John XXIII in 1962, it is sometimes referred to as the "John XXIII Missal" or "1962 Missal." Its most distinctive feature is that it is celebrated in Latin, and therefore it is also referred to as the "Latin Mass." In his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI granted greater freedom for the celebration of the Latin Mass and clarified that the Tridentine Mass was never abrogated but remains in effect as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The term "Tridentine" is derived from Tridentinus, the Latin adjective relating to the city of Trent, Italy, and is used to refer to the Council of Trent, which was held in Trent between 1545