By Darren Boyle for MailOnline. Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 young asylum seekers during a traditional Maundy Thursday service. The pontiff will travel to the asylum seeker centre in the town of Castelnuovo di Porto north of Rome in the traditional commemoration of Jesus' last supper with his apostles. According to the Vatican, Pope Francis will use the ceremony to highlight the need of the international community to provide shelter for asylum seekers fleeing conflict in the Middle East. Scroll down for video. Pope Francis, pictured, will wash the feet of asylum seekers during a ceremony to mark The Last Supper. He will use the Maundy Thursday ceremony to criticise the European Union's handling of the refugee crisis. Archbishop Rino Fisichella said: 'He will kneel in front of 12 asylum seekers to wash their feet in a gesture Francis has long called for the global community, and Europe in particular, to open its doors to refugees and step up the fight against xenophobia. The ceremony is part of the run-up to Easter Sunday, and has seen the Argentine pontiff in the past wash the feet of prison inmates and disabled people.
Pope will wash the feet of 12 young asylum seekers during traditional Maundy Thursday service
The wet feet, dry feet policy or wet foot, dry foot policy was the name given to a former interpretation of the revision of the application of the Cuban Adjustment Act of that essentially says that anyone who emigrated from Cuba and entered the United States would be allowed to pursue residency a year later. Prior to , the U. After talks with the Cuban government, the Bill Clinton administration came to an agreement with Cuba that it would stop admitting people intercepted in U. For two decades thereafter, any Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations with "wet feet" would summarily be returned to Cuba or sent to a third country, while one who made it to shore "dry feet" got a chance to remain in the United States, and later would qualify for expedited "legal permanent resident " status in accordance with the Act and eventually U. In January , Barack Obama announced the immediate end of the policy the Thursday before his term expired. Between and , hundreds of thousands of Cubans entered the United States under the Attorney General's parole authority, many of them arriving by boat. In , a mass migration of asylum seekers—known as the Mariel boatlift —brought approximately , Cubans and 25, Haitians to South Florida over a six-month period.
By Corey Charlton for MailOnline. Pope Francis has washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees, declaring them children of the same God. The Maundy Thursday rite re-enacts the foot-washing ritual Jesus Christ performed on his apostles before being crucified 2, years ago. Meanwhile other Christian communities held re-enactments of the crucifixion, violent flagellation ceremonies, parades and pilgrimages. Marking the start of Easter, the global celebrations take on varying forms according to local Christian customs and ancient traditions.
Updated March 26, Pope Francis has washed the feet of 11 young asylum seekers to highlight the need for the international community to provide shelter to refugees. Several of the asylum seekers were reduced to tears as the year-old pontiff kneeled before them, pouring water over their feet, drying them with a towel and bending to kiss them. It was a "fraternal" gesture which sharply contrasted with the "gesture of war, of destruction committed three days ago in a European city" by "people who do not want to live in peace", the Pope said in a reference to the deadly suicide bombings in Brussels.