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‘This isn’t a folkloric ceremony,’ Francis tells inmates

Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin of Mindong was forced to pay a visit to the religious affairs bureau and has not returned

The Vatican said that the Mass would be ‘strictly private’ for security reasons

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The Pontiff washed the feet of several refugees, including Muslims, Hindus and Copts

Some try to turn women against Our Lord, by arguing that He was in the wrong when He did not wash the feet of women

By washing the feet of the refugees, ‘Francis is asking for respect for each one of them,’ Archbishop Rino Fisichella said

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For 2,000 years Christians have struggled to accept Jesus’s revolutionary gesture. The Pope’s Holy Thursday visits help to reveal the rite’s true meaning

The Vatican liturgy chief reportedly said that priests should act according to their own conscience