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Again he throws them

In a sudden announcement this morning from the Holy See, Pope Francis has yet again turned Vatican protocol on its head by shredding the earlier plan of beginning the Easter Triduum in St Peter's Basilica. The new pontiff has instead opted to go to a juvenile prison in Rome to celebrate Holy Thursday's Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, at which he'll wash the feet of 12 inmates.

The opening chapter of the church's most sacred moment of the year, while the rite normally takes place in  St John Lateran, this year's Evening Mass was previously slated to happen in the Vatican Basilica as the new pontiff has yet to take possession of the Lateran – the "Mother and Head" of all churches, which technically serves as the cathedral of the bishop of Rome.

Over recent decades, the Popes have washed the feet of 12 retired priests of their diocese at the liturgy. As the facility Papa Bergoglio has chosen for the Mass comprises both male and female inmates, given his prior practice, a long-standing flashpoint for the church in the "developed" world – namely, the inclusion of women in the Mandatum rite – could well see its most authoritative verdict to date in Francis' actions next week.

Comments

Wow. I could grow to kinda like this guy!
Yes. He appears to be his own man.
Newspapers normally give initial verdicts on new leaders after their first hundred days in office. Pope Francis is proving quite newsworthy in his first ten!
Very true.
Yes, I think it is.
So do I but he has a long road ahead of him, hasn't he?
i hope the experience is valuable and sacred to the young inmates who participate, and truly humbling and sacred to the pope.
Yes,I hope so. It's probably a valuable remionder to all of us.