Pope Francis: Easter foot-washing ritual should include women

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Pope Francis: Easter Foot-Washing Ritual Should Include Women

An established Easter week ritual will undergo an official change this year, thanks to Pope Francis.

The Vatican has announced his decision to allow women to take part in the foot-washing tradition that occurs on Holy Thursday.

In a letter written by the Pontiff in Italian, he confirms, "After careful consideration, I have decided to make a change to the Roman Missal."

The Roman Missal contains the guidelines and contents for Roman Catholic masses worldwide.

Whereas before, the passage referred to the "men who have been chosen," it will be changed to read, "Those chosen from among the People of God."

Pope Francis believes the inclusion of women will better help to express Jesus' "limitless charity."

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Pope Francis: Easter foot-washing ritual should include women
In this April 2, 2015 pool photo Pope Francis, center, greets faithful after delivering a Holy Thursday homily in the Rebibbia prison chapel in Rome. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve. He asked them to pray that he, too, might be cleansed of his "filth." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
In this April 2, 2015 pool photo Pope Francis, center, holds the pastoral staff as he arrives for a Holy Thursday homily in the Rebibbia prison chapel in Rome. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve. He asked them to pray that he, too, might be cleansed of his "filth." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
In this April 2, 2015 pool photo Pope Francis, center, greets faithful after delivering a Holy Thursday homily in the Rebibbia prison chapel in Rome. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve. He asked them to pray that he, too, might be cleansed of his "filth." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
Pope Francis, right, blesses a man as he attends the washing of the feet rite at Rebibbia prison in Rome, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve. He asked them to pray that he, too, might be cleansed of his "filth." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
Pope Francis, right, washes the foot of a woman at Rebibbia prison in Rome, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve. He asked them to pray that he, too, might be cleansed of his "filth." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
Pope Francis, right, kisses the foot of a woman at Rebibbia prison in Rome, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve. He asked them to pray that he, too, might be cleansed of his "filth." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
Pope Francis, right, kisses the foot of a man at Rebibbia prison in Rome, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve. He asked them to pray that he, too, might be cleansed of his "filth." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
Pope Francis, right, kisses the foot of a woman at Rebibbia prison in Rome, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve. He asked them to pray that he, too, might be cleansed of his "filth." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
In this April 2, 2015 pool photo Pope Francis, second left, smiles at a toddler as he arrives for a Holy Thursday homily in the Rebibbia prison chapel in Rome. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve. He asked them to pray that he, too, might be cleansed of his "filth." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)
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