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Pope Francis Will Celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in Prison, Washing the Feet of Jesus Comments

For those paying close attention to these early days of the pontificate of Pope Francis, this should come as no surprise. There is a saying attributed to St Francis of Assisi.  Whether he actually said it or not matters little. It expresses the heart of his charism, "I preach the Gospel at all times and sometimes I use words." St. Francis became a word from the Lord through the witness of his life. It seems Pope Francis is following in his ... Continue Reading

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  1. John
    1 year ago

    I'm blessed with the early works of Pope Fransis!

    1 year ago

    oh thank God for the life of Pope Francis. I see in him a man with a very large heart. may God continue to strengthen him and protect him for it is not easy to be a good man in this world. our world need men like him who can feel the pain of the poor and suffering. may his ministry push men and woman to see the face of Jesus in the poor amen!

  3. RoodAwakening
    1 year ago

    One of my Facebook friends who claims to be an atheist got wind about this and posted about it on his own Facebook page, commenting that it was "a bizarre ceremony." So, I guess this is how Jesus appears to non-believers: "bizarre."

  4. Gabriella
    1 year ago

    If we did not have the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, the disabled etc., among us, where would be we able to practice our love? These are our 'workshops', the places where we can practice the teachings of Christ. Only an act of deep humility can convert hearts and our Holy Father is showing us how. Let us pray for this beautiful man, the gift from above.

  5. Beth
    1 year ago

    How do we know that the majority of those children in the youth detention facility AREN'T Catholic? As lukewarm (or even ice-cold) as the faith has become in much of Europe, I think Italy is still majority Catholic, no? And as long as non-Catholics don't receive Communion, what's the problem? Our wedding Mass was attended by mostly non-Catholics. Guess we were liturgically incorrect...

  6. Beth
    1 year ago

    I strive to be a faithful Catholic and I embrace the Church's doctrines. Not to start a firestorm here, but the controversy over whether the feet of women (or any non-priests) should be washed or just those of men (or only priests) is beyond me. Of course, Jesus's washing of the apostles' feet was an act of service to them and at the same time an example of how they should serve. But does this really preclude the inclusion of women/non-priests in this ritual, forever and always? It's not a rite of ordination, for crying out loud.

    I will not compromise my faith to conform to the culture, and I believe in the sanctity of the liturgy, but in my opinion this is one example of Catholics trying to be "more Catholic than the pope". We are clinging to things that would probably leave Jesus shaking his head, as he seems to have done on more than one occasion when his own disciples "didn't get it". As Pope Francis once said concerning those who would not baptize the children of single mothers... "These are today's hypocrites. Those who clericalize the church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation..." He compared this concept of Catholicism to the Pharisees of Christ's time: people who congratulate themselves while condemning others. “Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit."

    Visit the prison, your Holiness. Celebrate the sacrifice of God's love with those young people, without compromising the true meaning and implications of that love. There is no "inappropriate" time for that.

  7. JL
    1 year ago

    Not the first pope to do this (Benedict 2007) and wont be the last.

  8. michael
    1 year ago

    Since 2008, Pope Benedict washed the feet of 12 priests of the Church of Rome to begin the Triduum. Holy Thursday is a most special night for priests and for the Holy Eucharist. Pope Francis' innovation is ill-timed and ill-chosen. He should be with his priests on that night to give them support and strength during very difficult times. Popes before have visited this youth detention center, but at the proper time and in a proper way. Will there be a proper altar in the prison or some inappropriate banquet table like the ones that Cardinal Bergoglio used in Latin America? Will there be an altar of repose in the prison? Will there be the required adoration until midnight? Will young men only have their feet washed or will women join in to make it a complete liturgical abuse? Will the attendants kneel for the canon or will they sit in chairs?

    This act will be praised by the media and note that the secular press has praised Pope Francis for such "surprising" acts. But what does the good Lord think?

  9. SaraPalen
    1 year ago

    If anyone needs to see the love of God, it is these. Especially those who, at such a young age, commit incredibly heinous crimes. it is hard to see Christ in those who do violence and commit crimes. I see the crimes- murder, stabbing, shooting, drugs. They need to know they have the free will like the thief on the cross to ask for forgiveness. When they see themselves as the image of Jesus, their bodies a temple of the Lord, all things can become new. They do not need to be a slave to sinful behaviour. Pray for our youth!

  10. linda inman
    1 year ago

    instanly loved pope francis, thank god that he has remembered prisoners,we all need gods love and mercy,thank god he created mercy,or were would we be x

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