Pope Francis breaks with tradition, includes women in foot washing ritual
As part of a Holy Thursday ritual, Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in Rome, including two young women. Some in the Catholic Church see the pontiff's decision to wash women's feet as symbolic break with male-dominated tradition, as current liturgical rules that restrict the ritual to men. Previous popes had only washed the feet of priests meant to represent Jesus' male disciples.
As the Associated Press reports: