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Pope to wash prisoners' feet in pre-Easter Mass

(BBC News) Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Thursday next week by washing the feet of prisoners in a youth detention centre in Rome, the Vatican has said.

It says the pontiff is continuing a pre-Easter practice that began when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Normally feet-washing Masses before Easter are held in the Vatican or a Rome basilica.

But Pope Benedict held a feet-washing Mass at the same Casal del Marmo youth detention centre in Rome in 2007.