Pope to wash feet of disabled and elderly on Holy Thursday

Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people when he celebrates Mass on Holy Thursday evening, the Vatican has announced.

This will be at the Father Carlo Gnocchi Foundation’s Our Lady of Providence Centre, a rehabilitation and care centre on the outskirts of Rome for people with disabilities and the elderly.

Last year, the newly elected Pope Francis broke with tradition and washed the feet of young offenders – including a Muslim woman – in Rome’s Casal del Marmo centre.

Previously popes conducted the liturgy at St John Lateran or St Peter’s Basilica.

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