From the Catholic Herald
Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper with young refugees in Castelnuovo di Porto, about 15 miles north of Rome.
“Washing the feet of the refugees, Pope Francis is asking for respect for each one of them,” wrote Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the main organiser of the Vatican’s Year of Mercy initiatives.
Announcing the location for the Pope’s celebration on March 24, Archbishop Fisichella noted that many of the young people at the Centre for Asylum Seekers are not Catholic, which makes Pope Francis’s decision to wash their feet “even more eloquent.”
I expect the three Muslim footwashees (out of 12–we can at least be grateful they aren’t a majority this time around) will understand the symbolism far better than Archbishop Fisichella.
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