Pope Francis kisses the feet of Muslim, Hindu and Christian refugees

Following Monday’s terrorist attacks on Brussels, Pope Francis declared the action a “gesture of destruction”. But rather than return with
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Following Monday’s terrorist attacks on Brussels, Pope Francis declared the action a “gesture of destruction”.

But rather than return with anger, or blame entire religions or cultures for the wrongdoing of individuals, he has opted for a far more peaceful retaliation: a “gesture of brotherhood”.

In the traditional Holy Thursday rite, the Pontiff visited refugees currently seeking shelter in Rome, and reenacted the ritual Jesus was said to have given his apostles before his crucifixion: washing and kissing each of their feet.

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According to The Independent, Pope Francis condemned to Brussels attackers for wanting to destroy the “brotherhood of humanity” these migrants proudly represented.

Many of these men and women – ranging from Nigerian Catholics to Muslims from Mali, Pakistan and Syria – reportedly wept as he bathed their feet in holy water, wiped them dry and kissed them.

This is far from the first time the Argentine pontiff has given such a gesture to the needy and socially outcast. In prior years he has washed the feet of prisoners and the disabled.

Nonetheless, this marks a particularly significant and timely change from the days that only those in the Catholic Church could participate in the hallowed ceremony.

“We want to live in peace, integrated,” said the Pope.

“All of us, together: Muslims, Hindi, Catholics, Copts, Evangelicals. But brothers, children of the same God”.

How do you feel about this gesture of peace in a time of tension and war? Do you believe this is the right message for Pope Francis to send the world right now? Are we truly “children of the same God”?

  1. jan dodson  

    I’m happy he is doing that. BUT why isn’t he kissing the feet of the church’s paedophile victims. He couldn’t even meet with the ones who went to Rome when George Pell was getting interviewed

  2. Alan  

    Children of the same God ,yes, but how many become terrorists and kill innocent people ,even members of their own families and not forgetting the mutilation of girls and 4 and 5 year old girls being married off to lecherous old men .

  3. Cherry Smylie  

    He should be kissing the feet of all the church’s abuse victims , with the prosecution of all the perpetrators

  4. Cheryl  

    Come on people, lets see this as the positive gesture it is intended to be. A message for all of us to make the world a better place and be more accepting and forgiving. We cannot change the past, but we can influence the future. Do we want to make our influence positive or negative? At the end of the day, only WE have control about how we think and act.

    • I see what he is trying to do like Europe hoping that showing empathy ,they will be grateful , and want to join the Christian way,When he does this for the Isis,and it works ,then we will agree with his gesture!!

      • Pauline W  

        I agree. This man is trying his very best to do something to try to bring some peace to the world. What more can you ask. I don’t believe it good enough just to critise. It is unfortunate that we cannot change the past for all the victims of abuse but I hope someday they to find some peace.

      • Pauline W  

        I agree. This man is trying his very best to do something to try to bring some peace to the world. What more can you ask. I don’t believe it good enough just to critise. It is unfortunate that we cannot change the past for all the victims of abuse but I hope someday they to find some peace.

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