Pope Francis has washed and kissed the feet of a two young female prisoners, one of them a Muslim, in a break with tradition.

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Pope Francis washes the feet of detainees

While the foot washing of 12 people on Maundy Thursday is is part of the Christian tradition, mirroring Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet, women or Muslims have never before been included in the ritual.

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Pope Francis kisses their feet

It is also the first time the Mass has been held outside of the St Peter’s Basilica or the papal cathedral church in the Vatican CIty.

Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' detention center is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility

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  • Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2013 as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' center represents a break with tradition but is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility. Photo by ABACAPRESS. COM

  • Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2013 as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' center represents a break with tradition but is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility. Photo by ABACAPRESS. COM

  • Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2013 as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' center represents a break with tradition but is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility. Photo by ABACAPRESS. COM

  • Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2013 as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' center represents a break with tradition but is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility. Photo by ABACAPRESS. COM

  • Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2013 as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' center represents a break with tradition but is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility. Photo by ABACAPRESS. COM

  • Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2013 as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' center represents a break with tradition but is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility. Photo by ABACAPRESS. COM

  • Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2013 as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' center represents a break with tradition but is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility. Photo by ABACAPRESS. COM

  • In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis kisses the foot of an inmate at the juvenile detention center of Casal del Marmo, Rome, Thursday, March 28, 2013. Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at the juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, an unusual choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples. The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants, and the Vatican said the 12 selected for the rite weren't necessarily Catholic. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

  • Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2013 as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' center represents a break with tradition but is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility. Photo by ABACAPRESS. COM

  • Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2013 as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet. Francis' decision to celebrate the Mass with young offenders at the 'Casal del Marmo' center represents a break with tradition but is in step with his record in embracing simplicity and humility. Photo by ABACAPRESS. COM