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Latest News Wires Maundy Thursday: Church must be open to sick and homeless, says pope

Maundy Thursday: Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled people on Maundy Thursday, saying the Catholic Church must always be a refuge for the needy.

By Philip PullellaReuters / April 17, 2014

L'Osservatore Romano/AP

Pope Francis, starting four packed days culminating in Easter, said the Catholic Church must always be a refuge for the needy and later washed the feet of 12 disabled people at a traditional Holy Thursday ceremony.