Pope reimposes restrictions on saying Latin mass

Francis says Benedict’s law was ‘exploited’

Pope Francis celebrates a Chrism mass inside St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. During the mass, the pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments for the year

Pope Francis has cracked down on the spread of the old Latin mass, reversing one of Pope Benedict XVI’s signature decisions in a major challenge to traditionalist Catholics .