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Pope Francis has decreed that women can take part in the foot-washing ritual today, Maundy Thursday - Washington Post

Women can now officially participate in the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual alongside men for the first time since the 1950s, thanks to a decree from Pope Francis that experts say also has symbolic significance and implications for church law. The ...and more »

Pope Francis denounces modern-day 'Judases' behind terror attacks - National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis leads the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on March 24, 2016. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini). Vatican City — As the death toll from the Brussels terror attacks rose on March 24, Pope Francis began three days of solemn observances leading ...and more »

Pope Francis Follows Easter Traditions While Changing Some Of Them - NPR

Pope Francis washes the foot of a refugee during a ritual at the Castelnuovo di Porto refugees center outside Rome on Thursday. l'Osservatore Romano/AP hide caption. toggle caption. l'Osservatore Romano/AP. Pope Francis washes the foot of a refugee ...and more »

The Catholic Church puts one foot forward on the path to including women - Washington Post

In her 50th Easter season as a nun, Sister Antonia Sanchez participated in something new. For the past 49 years, since she joined the order of Religious Mary Immaculate at age 16, Sanchez has watched priests wash the feet of men on Holy Thursday. This ...and more »

Beginning Triduum, Francis tells priests: God is mercy, not 'complicated theology' - National Catholic Reporter

Vatican City — Pope Francis began the global Catholic church's celebration of the days leading to Easter with a call Thursday for people to “break out of our set ways” to be more merciful towards others and telling priests they have sometimes become ...and more »

Pope condemns Europe's failure to help migrants in Easter message -

Pope Francis has condemned Europe's "rejection" of migrants during his traditional Easter Message speech in Rome. “All too often, these brothers and sisters of ours meet along the way with death or, in any event, rejection by those who could offer them ...and more »

Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants - CBS News

CASTELNUOVO DI PORTO, Italy -- Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees Thursday, declaring them children of the same God, in a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time when anti-Muslim and anti ...and more »

This 5-year-old girl will lose her vision to a genetic disease. Her parents want her to see the world first. - Washington Post

Elizabeth Myers has seen a lot in her five years: Christmas lights. Disney World. Seven shooting stars. Next week, she will get to see another awe-inspiring sight: the person she calls “the tall man with gray hair with the big white hat.” Lizzy will ...and more »

Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says 'We are - The Korea Times US

Pope Francis kisses the foot of a man during the foot-washing ritual at the Castelnuovo di Porto refugees center, some 30km (18, 6 miles) from Rome, Thursday, March 24, 2016. The pontiff washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and ...and more »

Pope to refugees: Despite differences, all people are God's children - Catholic News Service

Pope Francis kisses the foot of a refugee during Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at the Center for Asylum Seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto, about 15 miles north of Rome March 24. The pope washed and kissed the feet of refugees, including Muslims ...and more »