The pope called washing another's feet an important act that shows that "the person who is most high among us must be at the service of the others."
Francis hope note
Pope Francis today kneeled before 12 juvenile detainees in a Rome detention center during a Holy Thursday ceremony. He washed, dried and kissed their feet. Two in the group were women, two were Muslims, according to the Vatican.
The symbolism of these gestures will certainly move quickly beyond the Catholic church.
Q and A: Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, hopes to reintroduce Catholic teaching on the family in a positive key.
More evidence today the church’s cardinals knew what they were going to get when they elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope, as a serious reformer. There is a report this morning, through Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega, that Bergoglio offered strong criticism of church leadership and direction before the cardinals elected him the new pontiff.
Analysis: If Pope Francis undertakes curial reform, the first question is not where might he begin, but how long does he have?
The bond Rabbi Abraham Skorka and then-Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio formed bridged the religions after some episodes of less-than-cordial relations in Argentina.
Commentary: Pope Francis has a solid foundation that could help him rebuild a church crumbling under clergy child abuse, disillusioned Catholics and a scandal-plagued bureaucracy.
Pope Francis has decided not to move into the papal apartments, but to live in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse, the Vatican said Tuesday.
In the cases of then-Cardinal Bergolgio's involvement in the Dirty War and clergy sex abuse, the reporting has included liberal use of such terms as "cloudy" and "murky."
Commentary: Much of the scandals surrounding the Curia are management problems that can be dealt with using "best practices" of business and government.