At 5:30 p.m. on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the chapel of the “Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi – Centro Santa Maria della Provvidenza” in Rome, the Holy See reported today. This is a facility for people with disabilities. Participating will be patients, their families, and workers from the center. The facility, which is run by the Catholic foundation “Don Carlo Gnocchi,” has over 150 beds. It is also a training center for those who care for and work with people with disabilities.
In 2013, Pope Francis provoked surprise by washing the feet of inmates of a juvenile detention center, male and female, including a Moslem. A strict reading of church law would not allow females’ feet to be washed. Bishop Morlino recently upheld the ban on washing women’s feet in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin.