Cardinal Washes Feet of AIDS Patients on Holy Thursday

BUENOS AIRES, APR. 13, 2001 ( In imitation of Jesus´ action at the Last Supper, the archbishop of Buenos Aires washed the feet of 12 AIDS patients at the Francisco Muñiz General Hospital for Infectious Diseases.

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio celebrated the Mass of the Lord´s Supper on Holy Thursday in the hospital, for the patients and their relatives, and the nurses, doctors and volunteers attending them. After the homily, he washed the AIDS patients´ feet and expressed his closeness and support.

When the Mass was over, the cardinal took Communion to those patients who were unable to attend the eucharistic liturgy and he anointed the sick.

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