Pope Paul washed the feet of twelve children in Rome on Thursday (March 30) in a ceremony imitating Christ's not of humility the day before his death.
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Background: Pope Paul washed the feet of twelve children in Rome on Thursday (March 30) in a ceremony imitating Christ's not of humility the day before his death.
It was first solemn ceremony leading to the Easter celebrations. The twelve children--aged between eight and fifteen--were from a Rome orphanage.
The Pope poured water from a golden jug over one foot of each of the children, dried it with a cloth and then stooped to kiss it.
The ceremony took place in the Cathedral church of Rome--St. John Lateran.
SYNOPSIS: At a solemn Mass in the Cathedral church of Rome, Saint John Lateran's, on Thursday, Pope Paul followed the tradition of centuries and washed the feet of twelve children....
The youngsters--aged between eight and fifteen--were from a Rome orphanage. In a fifteen-minute sermon the Pope called on all the cardinals, priests and faithful of Rome to increase their Charity. It was the start of the last penitential ceremonies before Easter Sunday.
The washing of the feet commemorates the action of Christ the day before his death, when he washed the feet of the Apostles to settle their argument about who was greatest. The Mass was attended by cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns, laity from Rome and tourists.
The washing of the feet ceremony is a normal part of the liturgy for the day before Good Friday, and performed in Christian churches around the world. The Mass itself commemorates Christ's Last Super, and in particular the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood.... The ceremony was conducted i the Cathedral church of Rome--not in the Vatican--as part of the Pope's function as Bishop of the City.