Pope Francis Washes Feet of Inmates for Holy Thursday

Twelve inmates' feet washed in yearly tradition

Francis traveled to Rebibbia Prison today to celebrate the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper with inmates. During the liturgy, he washed the feet of 12 inmates there, reported Vatican Radio.

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus washed his apostles’ feet at the Last Super (13: 2-17).

Last year, the pope washed feet at a mass held a rehabilitation facility for the elderly and those with disabilities. The year prior, Francis performed the ritual at juvenile detention center. Francis broke with tradition there, washing the feet of women instead of just men.

On his first Holy Thursday as pope in 2013, Francis encouraged priests not to be just managers, but to go to the "’outskirts’ where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight.”