Quick breakdown on what's historic here, folks:1) All popes have washed and kissed feet in this Maundy Thursday ceremony, which is a remembrance of the Last Supper Jesus shared with His disciples. No pope ever has included women. 2) All popes have performed this ceremony with other Catholic priests. No pope ever has included Muslims. No pope ever has included prisoners. Many Catholics are calling his unprecedented break in tradition "questionable" but it's up to us to watch and see how the rest of the world will react. Speaking of which, why don't you share this on your Facebook wall right now to see how your little corner of the world is reacting?
If you've never experienced a foot-washing ceremony, they are quite moving — symbolizing the humility and service that should characterize leadership in the Christian tradition. Check it out:
And then he rounded out the service with a bang by telling Christians they should do a lot less navel-gazing ("It is not in ... constant introspection that we encounter the Lord.”) and a lot more caring for the poor (“We need to go out to the outskirts where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters.”). Read the full text of the pope's words on saltandlighttv.org.