Apr. 2, 2013
Pope Francis Kisses Feet of Women & Muslims in Unprecedented Ritual
The Catholic Church’s new Pope Francis chose to break tradition this Holy Week when he washed the feet of inmates at a juvenile detention center, including two women – something no pope has ever done before.
Pope Francis washed 12 inmates’ feet — including two Muslims’ — at the Casa del Marmo prison in Rome in a Holy Thursday Mass ritual symbolizing the biblical story of when Jesus washed 12 apostles’ feet the night before his crucifixition. In the past, popes have completed the ritual on fellow priests.
The New York Times reports that Francis said, “This is a symbol, it is a sign. Washing your feet means I am at your service … This is what Jesus teaches us.”
Pope Francis reaches out to ‘Muslim brothers’ on Good Friday
ROME — Pope Francis reached out in friendship to “so many Muslim brothers and sisters” during a Good Friday procession dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism in the Middle East.
The new pontiff, who has rankled traditionalists by rejecting many trappings of his office, mostly stuck to the traditional script during the nighttime Way of the Cross procession at Rome’s Colosseum, one of the most dramatic rituals of Holy Week. Read more
The Bengali Muslim community, in the district Torpignattara in Rome, has decided to dedicate a prayer for the new Pope Francis, to emphasize that the Islamic community is on the side of the Pope.
The Bengali Muslim community, of the district Torpignattara, has decided to dedicate a prayer for the new Pope Francis, to emphasize that the Islamic community is on the side of the Pope for a peaceful coexistence between different faiths, in Rome and in the world and a special prayer for the deceased President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Zillur Rahman. Read more…
A new Era in Leadership
NewsRescue– This is a wonderful new era of leadership with humility and subservience, to be emulated by all leaders of the world. It will be recalled that at this same time in the era of the old Pope Benedict XVI, he was at 6 Flags, in his words, “getting closer to god,” through the scare of the rides, and he also made his historic trip to Auschwitz where he challenged God for “sitting back and allowing the Holocaust happen.”
Pope in Auschwitz.
Pope John Paul II was also known for his inter-faith respect and compassion. he can be seen in the image below, kissing a Quran: