· Francis spends Holy Thursday with prisoners in Rebibbia ·
Jesus gave his life for every man and woman: “for you, for you, for me, for him, for everyone, by name and surname”, Pope Francis explained this to detainees in the Roman Prison of Rebibbia, where he celebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the afternoon of Holy Thursday, 2 April.
Before washing the feet of six men and six women from the prison (among them was a Nigerian immigrant with her son) - he preached on the love of God, which he said is “personal” and “never disappoints, because he never tires of loving, just as he never tires of forgiving, never tires of embracing”. Jesus, he said, “loved us, each of us, to no end”.
The Pontiff understood the Lord's gesture towards the apostles in this way. “I will today wash the feet of 12 of you,” he said, “but through these brothers and sisters I wash all of your feet. Everyone who lives here. You represent them”. And he added: “I too need to be washed by the Lord, and that is you pray during the Mass that the Lord wash away also my filth, that I might become more dedicated in service to the people, as Jesus was”.
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