Pope to wash migrants' feet

Ian Pajer-Rogers |

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From Ansa De Vatican:

(ANSA) - Vatican City, March 14- Pope Francis has decided to celebrate a Holy Thursday Mass where he traditionally washes feet as Jesus did at a Rome migrant centre, the Vatican said Monday.

Sources told ANSA that Francis wants to make a special gesture of attention for refugees and migrants this year. Last year he carried out the ritual foot-washing at Rome's Rebibbia prison, the year before at an elderly care home and the year before that, in one of his first acts as pontiff, in a juvenile prison.

As on other such occasions, this year the pope is expected to wash women's as well as men's feet.

Last Holy Thursday the pope washed and kissed the feet of 12 inmates at Rebibbia prison, including six men and six women, as part of the Easter week tradition signifying service and sacrifice.

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