religionnewsROME (RNS) Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners in a prison outside the Italian capital known for housing Mafia turncoats as part of a Maundy Thursday Lenten ritual that is also in keeping with the pope’s theme of mercy.
As in years past, the 80-year-old pontiff poured water on the prisoners’ feet and kissed them to recall Jesus’ washing the feet of his apostles at the Last Supper, which Christians believe took place Thursday (April 13) two millennia ago.
The 12 inmates who took part included a Muslim who is expected to be baptized as a Catholic in June, three women and two inmates serving life terms. “Everyone has the right to make a mistake,” the pope said in an interview published in the Italian daily La Repubblica ahead of his visit. “We have all made mistakes in one way or another.” .
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