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Pope Francis to wash offenders’ feet on Maundy Thursday

Pope Francis will wash the feet of prisoners in a youth detention centre near Rome on Maundy Thursday, reports BBC.

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.

On Easter Sunday morning, the new Pope will deliver his first “Urbi et Orbi” message to the city of Rome and to the world.

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