Pope Francis: Easter foot-washing ritual should include women

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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