1. For years as Archbishop, Pope Francis celebrated a feet-washing mass, which commemorates Christ’s washing of the disciples feet at the Last Supper.
Before he was Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during Holy Thursday Mass in 2008
2. Francis is continuing this tradition now that he is Pope and has decided to continue the practice at a youth prison in Rome.
3. Thursday afternoon, 12 inmates were selected to have their feet washed and kissed by the Holy Father.
4. The 76-year-old Francis poured water from a silver chalice over each foot…
5. …dried it with a simple cotton towel…
8. Two young women were among the 12, the first time a pontiff has included females in the rite. Some in the church argue that the ritual be reserved for men only.
9. According to news reports, Orthodox, Muslim and North African detainees were also included in the 12 as well as a man with tattoos on his feet.
10. Pope Francis told the prisoners: “This is a symbol, it is a sign — washing your feet means I am at your service.”
The Pope continued: “Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my duty, as a priest and bishop I must be at your service.”