Pope Francis has said that the Mass reformed at the Second Vatican Council is here to stay and that to speak of the“reform of the reform” is an error.

He made the comment in a new interview given to introduce a collection of his homilies and speeches while Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

The book, published in Italian, is more than 1,000 pages long and includes all Pope Francis’s homilies from 1999 until his election as Pope.

In an interview with Fr Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Jesuit journal, La Civilta Cattolica, Pope Francis said that Benedict XVI’s authorisation of regular celebrations of the traditional Latin Mass was “magnanimous” but “an exception”.

He then wondered why some young people, who were not raised with the old Latin Mass, nevertheless preferred it.

“And I ask myself: Why so much rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else. Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid.”

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