Pope makes Easter visit to fortress prison holding ex-mafiosi

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis visited a fortress prison holding mafia turncoats on Thursday and again included a Muslim and women in a traditional Holy Week foot-washing ritual that previous popes had limited to Catholic men. Francis said a Mass for the 70 inmates of the prison, a 16th century fortress at Paliano 75 km (47 miles) south of Rome. During the service, he bent to wash and kiss the right foot of 12 inmates, commemorating Jesus’ gesture of humility towards his 12 apostles on the night before he died.

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