Pope washes feet of prisoners in traditional Holy Thursday event

April 2, 2015 10:39 PM

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ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis, saying he wanted to be a servant of society's neediest, presided at a Holy Thursday ceremony where he washed and kissed the feet of 12 men and women in a Rome prison housing many hardened criminals.

For the third consecutive year, Francis did not hold the traditional service in a basilica, going instead to people on the margins of society and including women.

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