Pope washes feet of 12 young inmates
29 March 2013, 12:06
Rome - Pope Francis has washed the feet of a dozen inmates
at a juvenile detention centre in a Holy Thursday ritual, which he celebrated
for years as archbishop and is continuing 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, and
the Vatican said the 12, including two girls, selected for the rite weren't
Because the inmates are minors, the Vatican and Italian
Justice Ministry limited media access inside. But Vatican Radio reported that
Francis told the detainees that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples in a
gesture of service.
He said: "If the Lord has washed his disciples'
feet, you should do the same."