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Location of the tabernacle in Catholic churches? To understand why many churches have their tabernacle in places other than over the classical position of behind the main altar we will have to take a walk down memory lane and then try to understand the present situation from an historical perspective. We must acknowledge that we are living in a very modern ...


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Pope Pius XII in his 1956 Assisi allocution said: To separate the tabernacle and the altar is to separate two things which should remain united by their origin and their nature. Altars are meant for sacrifice. After Vatican II, the 1969 General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM), in order to accommodate Protestants, defined the Mass as an assembly, not ...


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