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In India's Syro-Malabar Church, only priests' feet are washed on Holy Thursday

March 24, 2016

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church did not alter its Holy Thursday liturgy, despite a papal directive that allowed priests to wash the feet of women during the ceremony.

In the Syro-Malabar Church, only bishops perform the foot-washing gesture, and the bishops wash only the feet of priests, imitating Christ's gesture at the Last Supper.


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  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Mar. 28, 2016 12:56 PM ET USA

    Nothing changed in La Crosse, either.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 26, 2016 9:57 AM ET USA

    The pope's words were what we call in Texas a "permisso," not a directive, which tells clergy what they MUST do.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Mar. 24, 2016 10:49 PM ET USA

    Your lead sentence sounds like washing women's feet was a requirement until you finally got to the word "allowed".