Pope to wash young offenders’ feet

first_imgFaithLifestyle Pope to wash young offenders’ feet by: – March 28, 2013 113 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Thursday morningPope Francis will wash the feet of prisoners in a youth detention centre near Rome on Maundy Thursday.Thousands of pilgrims and tourists are arriving in Rome to attend ceremonies during the holy week ahead of Easter.The washing of feet on the Thursday before Easter is a Christian tradition commemorating Christ’s Last Supper.In a homily, the Pope urged priests to engage more with parishioners, saying: “It is not in soul-searching… that we encounter the Lord.”Worshippers should “leave Mass looking as if they had heard good news”, he told hundreds of cardinals, priests and bishops in St Peter’s Basilica.Easter is the most important festival in the calendar of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, 28 March On Easter Sunday morning, the new Pope will deliver his first “Urbi et Orbi” message to the city of Rome and to the world.During his inaugural general audience Wednesday, Francis called for an immediate political solution to the conflict in the Central African Republic after last weekend’s coup.VolunteersThe new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics has brought a new sense of simplicity to the Vatican, reports the BBC’s David Willey in Rome.He has broken with tradition for the foot-washing ceremony, which is normally performed on lay people in one of Rome’s basilicas.This time the Pope will visit the Casal del Marmo detention centre on the outskirts of Rome. Pope Benedict XVI visited the centre 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.Some of the young detainees volunteered to have their feet washed, while others were given an invitation to help them overcome their embarrassment, the Catholic News Agency quoted the prison chaplain as saying.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.BBC Newslast_img read more