- May 30, 2020
At St. Andre Bessette Church in downtown Portland a team of nurses and volunteers tend to those who spend their days thinking about shelter and safety — not what’s best for their feet.
Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper with prisoners in Velletri, about 36 miles south of Rome.
Celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle washed the feet of a priest who had been held captive for months and the parents of a slain Filipino migrant worker.
As Pope Francis visits Rome’s Regina Coeli prison today for Holy Thursday, it calls to mind the first time a pope did so — St. Pope John XXIII, the day after Christmas in 1958.
Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 inmates at Rome’s central prison during a Holy Week ritual meant to show his willingness to serve others.
In his latest newspaper interview, Pope Francis lamented that there often seems to be a lack of trust in rehabilitation and the ability for prisoners to be reinserted into society. With this mentality, “one forgets that we are all sinners and, often, that we are also prisoners without realizing it.” The interview was published on Holy Thursday, before the pope was scheduled to visit a prison on the outskirts of Rome for former members of the mafia.