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Ban on washing women’s feet

NEW DELHI (UCAN): The sticky issue of the washing of the feet of women at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday has raised its head again, this time in the Syro-Malabar Church in India.

George Cardinal Alencherry, the major archbishop of the Church,  said in a directive that the decision of its synod is to continue with its tradition of washing only the feet of 12 men or boys.

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Washing feet of women and perceived cultural clashes

HONG KONG (UCAN): When Pope Francis washed the feet of a Muslim and a woman on Holy Thursday in 2014, a canonical polemic, at times vitriolic, with accusations from some quarters that he had broken the law, broke out.

While sager heads withheld a smile, on January 20 this year they were afforded a grin when the pope promulgated that from now on it is not only men and boys who may have their feet washed, but any member of the people of God.

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