dence and patience, through contacts with responsible persons and through careful and respectful catechesis, unless radical inconsistencies make it necessary to take im mediate and clear measures.
Evaluations [of these matters] pertain first of all to the diocesan bishop, or to the bish ops of the region concerned with such forms of religiosity. In this case, it is oppor tune that pastors compare experiences in order to create common pastoral strategies, avoiding contradictions which are damaging for the Christian people. In any case, unless there are clear reasons to the contrary, bishops should have an encouraging and positive attitude towards popular religiosity.
6. I wish, finally to express my satisfaction at the work which has been completed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments since its last plenary assembly of 1996. During this time, the third editio ypica of the Roman Missal, the first Book of Excorcisms and that of the Roman Martyrology have been published. Also, the Instructions on liturgical translations and requests for declara tions of nullity of Holy Orders have been issued.
In this regard, I urge the bishops and the Congregation to make every effort to insure that liturgical translations are faithful to the original [texts] of the respective typical editions in the Latin language. A translation, in fact, is not an exercise in creativity, but a meticulous task of preserving the meaning of the original without chang'E$, omissions or additions.
The failure to observe this criterion on occasion makes the work of revising some
texts necessary Congregation is
and urgent. occupied with
In addition to the work already mentioned, the priestly dispensations, and with those [dispensations]
with the approval of liturgical calendars, as well as with the liturgical texts into the various
texts of the new saints and blessedes in the particular recognitiones [approval] of very many translations of vernacular languages. This work has been carried out
with noteworthy competence and diligence, and for this I want Cardinal Prefect, to Archbishop Francesco Tamburrino, to
to express to the the Monsignor
Undersecretaries, and gregation, my sincere
to all the Members, gratitude.
I entrust this precious work and the projects of the entire Congregations to the hecv enly protections of the Mother of God, and with affection I impart to all a special Apostolic Blessing.
From Castelgandolfo, September 21, 2001
JOANNES PAULU5 II