Pope Francis To Celebrate Holy Thursday in Roman Prison

Will Wash the Feet of 12 Inmates from Jail in Rebbibia

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This Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will again wash the feet of inmates.

Today, the Vatican announced that Holy Thursday evening, April 2, the Holy Father will go to the Rebibbia prison in Rome to meet with inmates and wash their feet, as Jesus had done for His Apostles. 

Rebibbia, at times, is considered to be a less than desirable area of Rome, prone to poverty, crime, and dependencies.

At 5:30 p.m. that evening, the Bishop of Rome will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, at which time, he will wash the feet of several male and female prisoners.

Last year, on the same occasion, the Holy Father washed the feet of elderly and infirm people, which marked a break with the year before where he washed the feet of 12 young people, including Muslims and young women, at a juvenile detention center.

The Vatican also confirmed the Jesuit Pope will also be celebrating Mass in the prison.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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