Pope Francis to visit prison for Holy Thursday Mass

The washing of feet on the Thursday before Easter is a Christian tradition. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Pope Francis will celebrate the traditional Holy Thursday Mass at a juvenile prison in Rome, the Vatican have said, where he will wash the feet of prisoners.

The 'Casal del Marmo' prison is the same facility visited by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

In his ministry as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis used to celebrate the Mass in a prison, hospital or hospice for poor and marginalized people.

Thousands of people are arriving in Rome to attend ceremonies during the Holy Week.