Austrian bishops say ‘pro multis’ means ‘for all’

The Catholic bishops of Austria have stipulated that the only currently permitted translation of the Latin words “pro multis” in the Eucharistic Prayer is “for all”.

Last year Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI told the German-speaking bishops that their new translation of the Missal — due to come into use on the first Sunday of Advent this year — must use the phrase “for many”.

The statement by the bishops said “Benedict XVI’s decision is only valid for the new translation of the Mass”.

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