Pope Kisses The Feet Of Prisoners And Muslims

You might describe it as “Christ-like.”

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2. For years as Archbishop, Pope Francis celebrated a feet-washing mass, which commemorates Christ’s washing of the disciples feet at the Last Supper.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio humbled himself before of a shelter for drug users during Holy Thursday Mass in 2008

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3. Francis is continuing this tradition now that he is Pope and has decided to continue the practice at a youth prison in Rome.

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4. Thursday afternoon, 12 inmates were selected to have their feet washed and kissed by the Holy Father.

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5. The 76-year-old Francis poured water from a silver chalice over each foot…

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6. …dried it with a simple cotton towel…

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7. …then bent over…

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8. …and kissed each prisoners feet.

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9. Two young women were among the 12.

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10. 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.

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11. Pope Francis told the prisoners: “This is a symbol, it is a sign — washing your feet means I am at your service.”

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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.”

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12. Previous popes have conducted the ritual, but only on other priests.

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13. “Don’t lose hope,” Francis told the prisoners “With hope you can always go on.”

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14. And the world says: Well Done Pope.

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