Pope washes feet of young detainees in Holy ritual

Mass held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome

ROME - Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he has celebrated for years as archbishop and continues now that he is pope.

The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants.The Vatican said the 12 selected for the rite weren't necessarily Catholic.

Francis told the detainees that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples in a gesture of service and "If the Lord has washed his disciples'  feet, you should do the same." according to Vatican Radio.

Print this article Back to Top