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Pope to wash disabled, elderly feet in Rome

Holy Thursday ritual to take place at Catholic charity

08 April, 14:06
Pope to wash disabled, elderly feet in Rome (updates previous).

(ANSA) - Vatican City, April 8 - Pope Francis will wash the feet of disabled youngsters and elderly people in the traditional Holy Thursday Mass at a top Catholic clinic in Rome on April 17, the Vatican said Tuesday. Francis, who has gained popularity by his humble, homey style, plain living, concern for those left behind by capitalism and his plans to reform a scandal-hit Church, made headlines at last year's pre-Easter ritual by washing the feet of juvenile offenders including female Muslims.

This year's Holy Thursday liturgy, which recalls Jesus washing the feet of his apostles at the Last Supper shortly before the Crucifixion, will take place at the Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi in Via Casal del Marmo in the Italian capital.

The Fondazione is one of Italy's best-known bodies for the care of the elderly, including the terminally ill, and disabled children.