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Pope washes, kisses feet of young detainees in Holy Thursday ritual

Pope Francis kisses the feet of a young offender after washing them during a mass at the church of the Casal del Marmo youth prison on the outskirts of Rome.
Pope Francis kisses the feet of a young offender after washing them during a mass at the church of the Casal del Marmo youth prison on the outskirts of Rome.AFP - Getty Images
Pope Francis washes the feet of a young offender during a mass at the church of the Casal del Marmo youth prison on the outskirts of Rome as part of Holy Thursday. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 young offenders including two girls at a Rome prison on Thursday. March 28, 2013, in an unprecedented version of an ancient Easter ritual seen as part of an effort by the new pope to bring the Catholic Church closer to the needy.AFP - Getty Images

By Claudio Lavanga, Correspondent, NBC News

Pope Francis kisses the feet of a young offender after washing them during a mass at the church of the Casal del Marmo youth prison on the outskirts of Rome.AFP - Getty Images

“It teaches that liberation and new life are won not in presiding over multitudes from royal thrones nor by the quantity of bloody sacrifices offered on temple altars, but by walking with the lowly and poor and serving them as a foot-washer along the journey," he added. Read full story

 

 

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