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Cynthia Ostrowski holds a bachelor's degree in Geographic Information Science and a minor in Computer Science from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (2005). She is currently a stay-at-home mother of two children. A former GIS analyst, Cynthia's interests include photography, french horn, and singing polyphony.
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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Latin Mass In The Pantheon (Rome)
published 20 December 2012 by Cynthia Ostrowski

NE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE places we visited in Rome was the Pantheon. It was much larger and more beautiful than we would have expected. Many people might not realize the Pantheon has been a Catholic Church since the 7th Century (“St. Mary and the Martyrs”). Recently, a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated there by Don Riccardo Petroni, a priest of the diocese of Rome.

Here’s a 2009 photograph [pdf], taken as I first entered the Pantheon.