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Pope to wash juvenile inmates' feet in Maundy Thursday mass

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Pope to wash juvenile inmates' feet in Maundy Thursday mass

Vatican City, March 21 - Pope Francis will celebrate his first Maundy Thursday next week by washing inmates' feet at a mass inside Rome's Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center, the Vatican announced Thursday. Also known as Holy Thursday, the feast day celebrates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles. "In his ministry as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) used to celebrate this mass in a prison or hospital or home for the poor," said the Vatican in a statement. With the mass inside Casal del Marmo, "Pope Francis will continue the tradition, which should be characterized by a context of simplicity". Francis will celebrate a mass inside St Peter's Basilica earlier on the same day.

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