Pope Francis moment of 2013

While the foot washing of 12 people on Maundy Thursday is is part of the Christian tradition, mirroring Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet, women or Muslims have never before been included in the ritual.

It is also the first time the Mass has been held outside of the St Peter’s Basilica or the papal cathedral church in the Vatican CIty.

Francis’ decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the ‘Casal del Marmo’ detention center is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility



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