Chrism Mass

Pope Francis presides at the Vatican's chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis Asks Priests to Weep Over their Sins

Mar 28, 2024

Pope Francis encouraged the priests to turn their gaze upon the crucified Lord and weep over their sins in repentance, saying tears can “purify and heal the heart.”

Pope Francis presided over a Chrism Mass at which more than 1,880 priests, bishops, and cardinals renewed the promises made at their ordinations on April 6, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Celebrates "birthday of priesthood" with 1,800 Priests on Holy Thursday

Apr 6, 2023

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis presided over a chrism Mass at which more than 1,880 priests, bishops, and cardinals renewed the promises made at their ordinations.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during the anticipated Chrism Mass on Tuesday 4 April 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“So notoriously narcissistic, myopic”: Catholic Archbishop Faults Nigeria’s Politicians

Apr 5, 2023

Politicians in Africa’s most populous nation “are so notoriously” keen on their own interests and foster narrow and discriminatory relationships with their respective constituents, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said

Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 14, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

The Devil Tempts Priests with "hidden idols": Pope Francis at Chrism Mass

Apr 14, 2022

‘The priest with a functionalist mindset has his own nourishment, which is his ego,’ he said.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejoof Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Recommit to Create Better Nigeria “through authentic Christian lives”: Catholic Bishop

Apr 13, 2022

Followers of Jesus Christ Nigeria need to recommit themselves toward creating a better country by upholding “authentic Christian lives”, a Catholic Bishop in the West African country has said.

Pope Francis Tells Priests at Chrism Mass: "The cross is non-negotiable"

Apr 1, 2021

Pope Francis told priests at Thursday’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican that “the cross is non-negotiable” when preaching the Gospel.

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of the Catholic Diocese of Ndola during the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King Tuesday, March 30. / Catholic Diocese of Ndola Facebook

At Chrism Mass, Zambian Bishop Underscores Priests’ Mission to Foster Unity, Peace

Mar 30, 2021

At the celebration of the Chrism Mass in Zambia’s Diocese of Ndola, the Bishop has underscored the mission of Priests to foster unity among the people of God under their pastoral care, and to be sources of “peace and serenity.”  

Priests in the Archdiocese of Lomé renewing their vows during Chrism Mass at Cristo Risorto de Hedzranawoe Catholic Parish Church in Lomé, Tuesday, September 8. / Archdiocese of Lomé

Priests Called to “defend oppressed, re-establish justice”: Prelate in Togo at Chrism Mass

Sep 8, 2020

At the celebration of the previously postponed Chrism Mass in Togo's Archdiocese of Lomé Tuesday, September 8, the presiding Prelate has underscored the need for Clerics to rediscover the value of their ministerial Priesthood by paying attention to the plight of the deprived in society and working toward re-establishing social justice.

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Port-Louis Diocese Mauritius.

Mauritian Cardinal to Preside Over Postponed Chrism Mass on Sunday

Jun 24, 2020

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Mauritius including the stay-at-home directives, the leadership of the Diocese of Port-Louis in the Indian Ocean island nation has announced the celebration of Chrism Mass on Sunday, June 28.

Bishop George Nkuo of the Catholic Diocese of Kumbo in Cameroon blessing the oils at the Chrism Mass Thursday, May 28, 2020. / Deacon Leonard Nyuydze

Amid Crisis, “Priests to be messengers of hope”: Cameroonian Bishop at Chrism Mass

May 29, 2020

The need for priests to be messengers of hope especially during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has been emphasized at the celebration of the previously postponed Chrism Mass in Cameroon’s Diocese of Kumbo.

Bishop Emmanuel Fianu, SVD of Ho Diocese in the Volta Region blessing the Oils at the Diocesan Chrism Mass on April 8, 2020 attended by only the Deans of the Diocese. / Diocesan Communications Office

Ghanaian Clergy Celebrate Postponed Chrism Mass with a Firm Call to Serve the Poor

May 12, 2020

A call to make the most vulnerable members of the society a priority especially during COVID-19 was the key message at the Chrism Mass celebration, which Ghana’s Archdiocese of Accra had postponed owing to the restrictions of the pandemic in the West African country.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo blessing the oils during the Chrism Mass at  at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral Oyo, April 7, 2020. / Oyo Diocese

"We are compelled to ask God to heal our world": Nigerian Bishop at Chrism Mass

Apr 8, 2020

The call for divine intervention to heal the world including the people of God affected by COVID-19, a pandemic that has occasioned unprecedented restrictions, is a key highlight of Bishop Emmanuel Badejo’s Chrism Mass message for the Priests in his diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.