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Papal kiss

Published March 28. 2013 4:00AM
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Pope Francis kisses a baby handed to him as he is driven through the crowd during his general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. His belief that a pope's job is to serve the world's lowliest will be on display today when he washes the feet of a dozen young inmates at a juvenile detention center in Rome. Previous popes have celebrated the Holy Thursday ritual, which re-enacts Christ's washing of his disciples' feet before his crucifixion, by washing the feet of priests in one of Rome's most ornate basilicas. The move hints at an apparent effort by Francis to demystify the office of pope.

Pope Francis kisses a baby handed to him as he is driven through the crowd during his general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. His belief that a pope's job is to serve the world's lowliest will be on display today when he washes the feet of a dozen young inmates at a juvenile detention center in Rome. Previous popes have celebrated the Holy Thursday ritual, which re-enacts Christ's washing of his disciples' feet before his crucifixion, by washing the feet of priests in one of Rome's most ornate basilicas. The move hints at an apparent effort by Francis to demystify the office of pope.

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