Pope Bergoglio has determined that also women will be eligible for the rite of the washing of the feet. With an official decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Pope admitted also female figures to this liturgy. In fact, during the Holy Thursday last year, the Pontiff performed the ritual on the feet of some women. Starting from today, however, it will not be an exception to the rule, but an officially allowed practice.
The rite of the washing of feet is a very important and symbolic liturgy in the Catholic religion: with such a humble gesture, we retrace the last hours of Jesus’ life and his desire to give himself for the salvation of mankind till the end. Washing the feet of other people symbolizes tangible love for our brothers and sisters. Usually, it is up to the pastors to choose those who will take part in this ritual among people who may be lay or religious, healthy or sick, young and old, single and married.