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» 03/21/2013
Pope Francis: 'washing of the feet' among inmates of 'Casal del Marmo' youth detention centre
Francis will visit the facility on the afternoon of Holy Thursday. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he celebrated In Coena Domini in a prison, a hospital or hospice for poor and marginalised people.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis will celebrate the In Coena Domini, the Lord's Supper, at 'Casal del Marmo' youth detention centre in Rome, at 5.30 pm on 28 March.

In a press release, the Holy See Press Office said, "The Mass of the Lord's Supper, which commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, also features the rite of the washing of the feet. In his ministry as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio used to celebrate the Mass in a prison, hospital or hospice for poor and marginalised people."

With the celebration at 'Casal del Marmo', Pope Francis continues the practice, which must characterised by a context of simplicity.

Benedict XVI visited the same facility on 18 March 2007, where he celebrated Mass in the 'Padre Misericordioso' (Merciful Father) Chapel.

The youth detention centre is also connected to Card Agostino Casaroli, a former secretary of state under Paul Vi, John Paul I and John Paul II.

The father of the Vatican's Ostpolitik (policy of engagement with the East) visited young prisoners each week.

Other Holy Week celebrations are expected to follow the normal schedule.


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See also
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The washing of the feet", "a gesture of love, of service" to remind us that "we must be servants of one another"
04/21/2011 VATICAN
Even today, Satan is testing Christians before the world, Pope says
04/13/2006 VATICAN
Washing of the feet embodies the love of Jesus that purifies man
04/02/2015 VATICAN – ITALY
Pope: "When the Lord washes our feet, he washes everything, he purifies us, he makes us feel again his love"
04/01/2010 VATICAN
Pope: Christians are people of peace and do not accept injustice raised to law

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