Christians mark Holy Thursday

Pope Francis is expected to wash the feet of 12 disabled and elderly as part of the Holy Week ritual. (4/17/14)

YONKERS - Christians in the Hudson Valley and throughout the world are in the middle of Holy Week, and today marks Holy Thursday.

Pope Francis today visited a home for the elderly and disabled in Rome to wash the feet of 12 of the residents as part of the Holy Week ritual.

Holy Thursday is when Christians believe that Jesus instituted the Mass, the Holy Eucharist, and held the Last Supper with his apostles.

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In preparation for the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of his 12 apostles. Today, many clergy from across the Hudson Valley will wash the feet of parishioners as a symbol of Jesus' call to service.

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