» 03/21/2013 VATICAN 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
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.