Pope Francis during the Holy Thursdaycelebration washed the feet of prison inmates at the Paliano detention center in Italy for former mafia members. As part of the mass celebration, the pontiff bent to wash and kiss the right foot of 12 inmates in commemoration of Jesus’ gesture of humility towards his 12 apostles on the night before he was crucified.
‘If you can do something, a service for your companions in prison, do it,’ he said, adding that ‘this is love … to be the servant of others.’
‘We are all sinners. We all have defects,’ the pope told the inmates during an improvised sermon broadcasted by Vatican Radio.