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- 1942: Pope Pius XII assigned a project for liturgical codification to Benedictine Father Pio Alfonzo, a liturgist who taught at the College of the Propaganda and advised the Sacred Congregation of Rites. Fr. Alfonzo's "General Norms," however, was not acted upon at that time.
- 1946: in an audience with Carlo Cardinal Salotti, Prefect for the Congregation of Rites, Pius XII instructed Salotti to begin a study of the general reform of the liturgy. In the same year Pius XII determined that a Commission for General Liturgical Restoration be established to consider that nature and substance of a general reform of the liturgy and offer concrete proposals.
- 1948: Pius XII selected the members of the Commission. Father (later Cardinal) Ferdinando Antonelli, OFM, was named General Director and Fr. (later Archbishop) Annibale Bugnini was named Secretary.