Pope Francis washes the foot of a prison inmate during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at Rome's Casal del Marmo prison for minors in 2013. The pope washed the feet of 12 young people of different nationalities and faiths, including at least two Muslims and two women.

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Pope Francis washes the foot of a prison inmate during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at Rome's Casal del Marmo prison for minors in 2013. The pope washed the feet of 12 young people of different nationalities and faiths, including at least two Muslims and two women.

March 23, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at a Rome prison and wash the feet of male and female inmates.

The Vatican announced March 11 that the pope will visit the Rebibbia detention facility on the outskirts of the capital April 2, then celebrate Mass in Our Father Church on the grounds of the complex.

During the Mass, the pope will wash the feet of male inmates from Rebibbia and female inmates from a nearby women's prison.

Last year, Pope Francis presided over the Mass and foot-washing ritual at a rehabilitation facility for the elderly and people with disabilities.

The year before, he went to Rome's Casal del Marmo juvenile detention centre, where he washed the feet of young male and female offenders.

Pope Francis changed papal tradition by moving the annual Holy Thursday evening ceremony out of either St. Peter's Basilica or the Basilica of St. John Lateran.