Pope to say Holy Thursday Mass in detention centre

The washing of feet on the Thursday before Easter is a Christian tradition commemorating Christ’s Last Supper. It is part of a papal calendar of events running up to Easter, the most important festival in the calendar of the Catholic Church.

The new leader of the world’s 1.2bn Roman Catholics has brought a new sense of simplicity to the Vatican.

Pope Francis has decided to wash the feet of prisoners in a youth detention center near Rome on Maundy Thursday. His decision to wash the feet of 12 young people at a juvenile detention center on Holy Thursday is being described as a display of love for the young people and invitation to renewal.
Fr. Greco confirmed that Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 young people at the detention center after the Vatican announced that the new Holy Father was planning to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Rome’s Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center on Holy Thursday.
Some of the young men volunteered to have their feet washed, Fr. Greco explained, while others were given an invitation to help them overcome their embarrassment or self-consciousness.
“But all of them are very happy, and the visit will make them think, reconsider and understand that there are people in this world who are concerned for them,” he said.
He added that many of the juveniles come from broken families and have sought an escape in drugs and crime.
The priest added “That Pope Francis himself is concerned for them is very significant, because it exposes this problem that so many disadvantaged boys and girls are experiencing,”
Thousands of pilgrims and tourists are arriving in Rome to attend ceremonies during the holy week ahead of Easter.
On Easter Sunday morning, the new Pope will deliver his first “Urbi et Orbi” message to the city of Rome and to the world.
The Pope has decided to live in a small suite in a residence for clerics, eating with other priests in a common dining room, after deciding not to move into the palatial apartments occupied by his predecessors in the Apostolic Palace.
Pope Benedict XVI visited the center in 2007, but not for the Holy Thursday Mass.

Only for the first two years of his pontificate did he perform the feet-washing himself, after which the task was delegated to priests.
During the service, the pope washes and kisses the feet of 12 people to replicate the Bible’s account of Jesus Christ’s gesture of humility towards his 12 apostles on the night before he was crucified.
On Good Friday evening the Pope will carry a wooden cross and pray at a ceremony at Rome’s ancient amphitheatre, the Colosseum, commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion.
And on Saturday evening Pope Francis will celebrate the main Easter Vigil Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.
Pope Francis – renowned for his modest former life as bishop of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires – refuses to be awed by the magnificent surroundings of his new Vatican City home, visited every year by five million tourists and pilgrims, our correspondent says.
Some past popes vaunted their riches, but Francis wants a simpler church mindful of the plight of the world’s poor people.

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