Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at youth prison

Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at youth prison


  As cardinal of Buenos Aires, the pope washed the feet of drug addicts in 2008

Another big surprise from Pope Francis this morning: he’ll celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at a Rome prison for minors, and presumably will wash the feet of 12 young inmates during the liturgy.

Traditionally, popes have celebrated this Mass, which commemorates the Last Supper, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran or St. Peter’s Basilica. As a cardinal in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis would typically celebrate the liturgy in prisons, hospitals or homes for the poor.

The pope will go to the “Castel del Marmo” Penal Institute for Minors on the outskirts of Rome for the evening Mass, where young men and women under the age of 21 are serving time.

The institute trains young inmates for employment in such areas as carpentry, tailoring and cooking, as well as a variety of artistic and technical sectors.


7 comments (Add your own)

1. Minh wrote:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Thu, March 21, 2013 @ 5:47 AM

2. Lowell Rinker wrote:
Pope Francis I continues to demonstrate that he has the heart of Jesus....his focus dwells on those who are in need of his love...not necessarily those who are in the fold and believe. I'm struck by how many parallels I see between this pope and the Carlos in the Homeless Bishop....Fr. Girzone's book fantasized about what a papacy could be....Francis is living it out.

Thu, March 21, 2013 @ 6:37 AM

3. Rockin Traddy wrote:
I'm assuming the female inmates, in a gesture a inclusion, will be included. Looks like a media circus there.

Thu, March 21, 2013 @ 8:13 AM

4. Kent wrote:
What a wonderful man.

Thu, March 21, 2013 @ 10:56 AM

5. Deacon John M. Bresnahan wrote:
In the picture in the posting here there is a girl in the group having their feet washed by Francis apparently when he was a cardinal.

Thu, March 21, 2013 @ 1:04 PM

6. Florence Rose wrote:
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost it's taste, how can its saltiness be restored?

Pope Francis is guided by Gods' hand, knows.

Thu, March 21, 2013 @ 4:45 PM

7. Lona wrote:
I am worried that the Curia will continue with business as usual while letting Pope Francis make gestures (in their opinion, not mine). Popes come and go, but the Curia continues. I hope I'm wrong and Pope Francis overhauls it all.

Thu, March 21, 2013 @ 10:50 PM

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