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"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.
He had performed the ritual on women and Muslims at a juvenile detention center back in 2013.
The old tradition is performing the ceremony on 12 Catholic men, recalling Jesus' 12 apostles.
Out of the 892 asylum-seekers living at the shelter, many refugees attended the ceremony where they were personally greeted.
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