Imagine being a young troublemaker sitting in an Italian jail cell on Maundy Thursday, pondering all the ways the world owes you, when the pope stops by to wash and kiss your feet. The Daily Mail reports:
After only a week at the helm of the Catholic Church, he has already earned himself the nickname the People’s Pope due to his candid nature and willingness to break from tradition.
But even the most ardent reformers within the church will raise an eyebrow at Pope Francis’s latest proposal, as the Vatican announced that he will hold next week’s Holy Thursday service in a youth prison.
During the service at the Casal del Marmo jail, situated on the outskirts of Rome, the Argentine pontiff is expected to wash and kiss the feet 12 prisoners.
See full story here. I’m very inspired by this, and am praying that Pope Francis continues to break with tradition on a number of fronts.