Pope Francis Washes the Feet of Refugees from Different Religions and Countries

Here is a link to a video of Pope Francis washing the feet of the12 refugees.  There was considerable disagreement voiced by various individuals as to the wisdom of his actions.  It is very moving to watch him as he gently washes and rinses and kisses the feet of each person.  He then looks up and smiles at them.  At the end of the Mass, I noticed that there was still 90 minutes of video to watch.  I was wondering what PF was going to do.  What he did was to move through the crowd, some say close to 900, and shook the hand of each person there.  With PF it is always his gestures that speak the loudest.  The article below gives you a summation of his comments, all off the cuff, that I think defuses all of the negative rhetoric regarding his action….Reyanna

By Gerald O’Connell            March 24, 2016                       America Magazine on – line

“We are Muslims, Hindus, Copts, Evangelicals and Catholics, but we are all brothers and children of the same God who want to live in peace, integrated.” That is what Pope Francis told hundreds of asylum seekers at a center 25 miles from Rome, where he went on March 24 to draw the world’s attention to the dramatic plight of refugees and migrants in Europe and elsewhere.

He spoke briefly, without text at the Holy Thursday celebration held under a tent, before kneeling down and washing the feet of 12 of them—8 men and 4 women. Eleven of them were young migrants from six countries, including four Nigerian Catholic men, three Coptic women from Eritrea (two with babies in their arms), three young Muslim men—from Syria, Pakistan and Mali—and a young Hindu man from India. The twelfth was a young Italian woman who works at the center.

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