Reports: Pope Francis to wash feet of refugees in pre-Easter ritual

Pope Francis will next week perform the pre-Easter ritual of the washing of feet in a Roman refugee centre, reports said Monday.

The Italian ANSA news agency and Il Sismografo, a papal news blog, released the information, which was not confirmed by the Vatican.

The washing of the feet, performed on Holy Thursday, recalls the gesture performed by Jesus on the twelve apostles before the Last Supper.

Previous popes used to wash the feet of cardinals at the Vatican, but Francis, who seeks to renew the Catholic Church's missionary spirit, has broken with tradition since being elected in 2013.

In the past three years, the ritual has been staged in a centre for young offenders, in a hospice for the elderly and disabled, and in a prison.

Holy Thursday falls this year on March 24. It takes place three days before Easter, the most important Christian festival, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Last update: Mon, 14/03/2016 - 19:06

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