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Pope Washes Feet Of Muslim Refugees On Easter And Calls Them 'Brothers'

"We have different cultures and religions, but we are brothers and we want to live in peace." 

Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Christian and Hindu refugees during the foot-washing ritual of Holy Thursday. The ceremony was conducted on Easter Week Mass with asylum-seekers at a refugee shelter in Castelnuovo di Porto, outside Rome, Italy.

Many migrants wept as the Pope washed and kissed their feet, for they have been under constant fear and humiliation of being thrown out of Europe, after the Paris attacks and the recent Brussels attacks. The Pope conducted the ceremony on refugees of different religions those included four Catholics from Nigeria, three Muslims from Mali, Syria and Pakistan and a Hindu man from India.   

Pope conducted the ceremony without asking the religion of anyone and called people from all religions his brothers.

Pope Washes Feet Of Muslim Refugees On Easter And Calls Them 'Brothers'

Pope Washes Feet Of Muslim Refugees On Easter And Calls Them 'Brothers'

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This isn't the first time Pope Francis challenged the rituals.

This isn't the first time Pope Francis challenged the rituals.

He had performed the ritual on women and Muslims at a juvenile detention center back in 2013.

He poured holy water from a brass pitcher over the feet of refugees.

He poured holy water from a brass pitcher over the feet of refugees.

The old tradition is performing the ceremony on 12 Catholic men, recalling Jesus' 12 apostles.

Most of the refugees being Muslims and Hindus.

Most of the refugees being Muslims and Hindus.

The refugees wept at his gesture.

The refugees wept at his gesture.

Out of the 892 asylum-seekers living at the shelter, many refugees attended the ceremony where they were personally greeted.

The Pope called people from all religions his brothers.

The Pope called people from all religions his brothers.

He compared the Brussels attacks with the deceitful act of Judas.

He compared the Brussels attacks with the deceitful act of Judas.

'They want war, not brotherhood'

'They want war, not brotherhood'

Pope Francis cleared that having different cultures doesn't make our love for peace lesser.

Pope Francis cleared that having different cultures doesn't make our love for peace lesser.

He asked the refugees to pray so that this gesture keeps spreading.

He asked the refugees to pray so that this gesture keeps spreading.

The Pope greeted each refugee one by one at the end of the mass.

The Pope greeted each refugee one by one at the end of the mass.

Here's the complete video of the ceremony.

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