For the fourth time in his papacy, Pope Francis decides to celebrate Maundy Thursday in an Italian prison
Published 2:49 PM, March 30, 2018
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ROME, Italy ̵
The Pope washed the feet of prisoners, including two Muslims, an Orthodox Christian and a Buddhist, once again on Holy Thursday
"Everyone has always the opportunity to change lives, and one can not judge," said Francis to the prisoners of the purely male Regina Coeli
It is the fourth time in the Pope's year that he celebrated the Holy Mass in an Italian prison.
"For me to visit the sick, go to jail, make the prisoner feel that If he can have hope for rehabilitation, that's the church's preaching, "Francis said in a book of interviews.
This year The 12 inmates washed by Francis came from Italy, the Philippines, Morocco, Colombia, Moldova, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
The annual ritual on Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday commemorates the sacrament of Jesus Christ with the apostles.] In the Christian tradition, Jesus is said to have washed his feet in a gesture of humility before the meal.
"I am a sinner like you, but today I represent Jesus … God never abandons us, never tires to forgive us," said Francis to the inmates.
The ceremony is part of the run to Easter Sunday.
Since his election in 2013, the pope has postponed the ceremony of foot washing outside the walls of the Vatican and in centers for vulnerable people or people on the margins of society
In his first year he visited a juvenile detention center where he received the Ritual performed by a group of young inmates, including two Muslims – the first Catholic leader to ever do so.
In 2014 he washed the feet of the elderly and disabled people, in 2015 he did so in a prison and in 2016 he chose a reception center for migrants.
Last year, the Pope went to Paliano Prison, outside Rome, where he washed the feet of former mafiosi in a prison-prisons-inmates who informed of old Mafia allies. – Rappler.com