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Pope Francis washes the foot of a woman during the foot-washing ritual at the Castelnuovo di Porto refugees centre (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

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

Cardinal Angelo Scola washes feet as a Mass in Milan (PA)

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

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives at the Our Lady of Providence Centre in Rome in 2015

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

Pope Francis washes the feet of inmates at Rebibbia prison in Rome last year (CNS)

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Pope Francis dries the foot of a toddler at Rebibbia Prison in Rome (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)

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Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (PA)

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

Archbishop Ioan Robu of Bucharest presides at the foot-washing rite on Holy Thursday last year  (AP)

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Pope Francis washes the foot of a young offender during last year's Holy Thursday Mass at Rome's Casal del Marmo prison (CNS)

The programme includes a penitential celebration and a consistory for several causes of canonisation

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, right, at the 2014 family synod (CNS)

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook at Trinity College Dublin in November (PA)

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