(Vatican Radio) In Rome this Holy Thursday, Pope Francis celebrated his first Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Tracey McClure reports…
In his homily, the Pope began by expressing his joy over celebrating his first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome and he reminded the clergy present that he would be among them in recalling their priestly ordination.
In fact, some 1600 diocesan priests, religious, bishops and cardinals renewed their priestly vows during the morning Liturgy in a St. Peter’s packed, too, with hundreds religious sisters and faithful. This is the mass in which the Bishop of Rome, like those in other dioceses around the world, blesses the oils which will be used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and the Anointment of the Sick over the coming year.
Speaking in Italian for the Homily, Pope Francis likened the image of the sacred oil to the kind of selfless evangelical zeal that should characterize the life and work of priests. Read more