Pope Francis Deigns to Wash Women’s Feet, Too

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 28:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL OR MERCHANDISING USAGE - BOOKS OUT, BROADCAST OUT, All image rights and copyrights reserved to the photographic Service of L'Osservatore Romano). IMAGE IS NOT LICENSED FOR USAGE BEYOND 60 DAYS OF CREATE DATE) Pope Francis washes the feet of a  prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre during the mass of the Lord's Supper on March 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. During the mass, commemorating Christ's Last Supper, Pope Francis will wash the feet of prisoners in the Casal Del Marmo youth detention centre in observance of the Bible's account of Jesus Christ's gesture towards his 12 apostles on the night before he was crucified. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano via Getty Images)
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It’s Catholic tradition for the pope, like Jesus, to wash the feet of lesser men on Holy Thursday, in an act of humbling. But Pope Francis is so humble — as we’ve heard repeatedly, he cooks his own food and takes the bus — that today, at a juvenile detention center, he “included two young women — the first time a pope included females in the rite.” Finally making strides in the church, ladies.