Pope Francis has broken with tradition in an Easter ritual as he washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention centre on Holy Thursday. Previous Pope's have maintained the traditional foot washing within the Vatican with priests.
Two of the 12 were young women, an even more remarkable choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples, the inclusion of women has been banned by some dioceses.
Orthodox and Muslim detainees were also included in the twelve according to news reports.
"This is a symbol, it is a sign - washing your feet means I am at your service," Francis told the youngsters.
"Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my duty, as a priest and bishop I must be at your service."
More top news
An Egyptian billionaire has offered to buy an island from Greece or Italy and develop it to host migrants fleeing war-torn areas.
The number of children having private tutoring has increased by more than a third in the last decade, according to a charity.
Girls should swap dolls for toys such as Lego and Meccano to get them more interested in science and engineering, top scientist claims.