For the promotion and dissemination of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in the Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo, as endorsed by the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI (2007) and in the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae (2011). This goes hand in hand with what the Second Vatican Council stated in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium of 1963: Linguae latinae usus, salvo particulari iure, in ritibus latinis servetur.
Pope Francis follows developments regarding the Extraordinary Form of the Mass
Bishop Rifan during the audience with Pope Francis
On 22 May 2013, His Excellency Bishop Rifan, of
the Apostolic Administration of St. John Vianney, Campos, had an audience with Pope Francis. In a message to the President of FIUV and the Chairman of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, the Bishop said that:
"I introduced myself saying who I am, explaining that I am the
Bishop of the Apostolic Administration that conserves the Mass in the
Extraordinary Form. He answered me: I know, because I talk about this
with Cardinal Castrillon."
This is a good news for all of us. Deo gratias!
Who is Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan
Fernando Arêas Rifan was born in São Fidélis in the diocese of Campos, Brazil and was ordained as a priest of that diocese on 8 December 1974.
He joined the Priestly Union of Saint Jean-Marie Vianney, founded by Bishop Antônio de Castro Mayer,
who was Bishop of Campos from 3 January 1949 until his retirement on 29
August 1981, and who had refused to accept in his diocese the revision
of the liturgy of the Roman Rite by Pope Paul VI. On 30 June 1988, Rifan acted as assistant presbyter at the Ecône Consecrations by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Bishop Castro Mayer.
On Bishop Castro Mayer's death on 25 April 1991, the Priestly Union,
also known as the Sacerdotal Society of St. John Marie Vianney, chose as
its leader Licínio Rangel, who was then given episcopal consecration by three of the four bishops of the closely associated Society of St. Pius X.
For health reasons, Bishop Rangel asked Pope John Paul II for an auxiliary bishop, but the Pope recommended a coadjutor bishop.
The Pope had promised to ensure episcopal succession for the Apostolic
Administration, and a coadjutor would have automatic right of
succession. Accordingly, Rifan, whom Bishop Rangel had chosen as his vicar general,
was appointed Titular Bishop of Cedamusa and Coadjutor to the Apostolic
Administrator on 28 June 2002. His episcopal ordination was held on 18
August 2002, with Cardinal Castrillón as principal consecrator, assisted
by Bishop Rangel and Archbishop Alano Maria Pena of Niterói.
On Bishop Rangel's death on 16 December 2002, Bishop Rifan thus immediately became head of the Apostolic Administration