Vatican Information Service reports:
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper that Pope Francis will celebrate on Holy Thursday in the chapel of the Casal del Marmo Penitential Institute for Minors (IPM) will be, by his express desire, very simple, as reported by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. Concelebrating with the Holy Father will be Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, and Fr. Gaetano Greco, chaplain of the Institute.
Around 10 girls and 40 boys will take part in the Mass. The Pope will wash the feet of 12 of them, who will be chosen from different nationalities and diverse religious confessions. The youth will also say the readings and the prayers of the faithful.
The youth will give the Pope a wooden crucifix and kneeler, which they made themselves in the Institute’s workshop.
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It is not yet clear whether Pope Francis will wash the feet of both boys and girls, although the above wording suggests he will. If he does so, it would apparently by in violation of church law. As conservative blogger Fr. Z. has written:
The Church’s liturgical law is crystal clear: only males can be chosen for this, and they should be men: viri selecti. Vir means “man” and cannot, cannot – period – mean a female.
Fr. Z. has doubled down on his position today.
It is also not clear whether “diverse religious confessions” refers to Christians in other traditions (Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, etc.) or to non-Christians.
There will not be live coverage of the Mass. Many will be curious whether there are photos!